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August 15, 2019
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Price Cuts Hit Several Markets

first_img September 2, 2018 546 Views Inventory Price Cuts Prices rates Shortage 2018-09-02 Seth Welborn Home price cuts have increased across the country, according to a study from realtor.com. According to the inventory data from realtor.com, frequency of price cuts increased in in 39 of the 45 largest markets in the U.S. The 45 markets analyzed saw a median price cut of 22 percent, than percent higher than August of last year, and seven percent higher than August 2013.Nationally, the share of home price cuts went up to 19.1 percent in August, an increase from 17.6 percent year over year. Realtor.com notes that this may be an indication of a higher number of home sellers beginning to react to “buyer fatigue” and adjusting their reactions accordingly.Realtor.com also states that the combined median list price in the top 10 markets with the biggest jumps in price cut frequency was significantly higher than the top 10 markets with the smallest jumps. The top 10 markets with large jumps had a median list price of $500,000 compared to $278,000 for the smallest.Additionally, markets that have seen inventory growth appear to have shown the biggest jumps in price cuts. In the top 10 markets with the biggest jumps in the price cut share, inventory was up 19 percent year over year on average. The opposite is true for areas with low inventory. Inventory was down by five percent year over year in the top 10 markets with the smallest jumps in the price cut.According to realtor.com, the inventory shortage appears to be slowing, a factor in the increase in price cuts. There were only two percent fewer for-sale listings on the market in August 2018 than there were in August 2017, while inventory also increased 2 percent month over month in August. Around 488,000 new listings entering the market during that month, but realtor.com predicts it would take around 24 more months until the market flip into the buyer’s favor, even with price cuts across the country.For more info, visit Realtor.com. in Daily Dose, Data, Newscenter_img Price Cuts Hit Several Markets Sharelast_img read more

August 10, 2019
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June 28 2005 Arcosanti residents staff voluntee

first_imgJune 28, 2005Arcosanti residents, staff, volunteers and workshop participants on June 24. 2005.Arcosanti residents, staff, volunteers and workshop participants on June 24. 2005.[top row from left] Tomiaki Tamura – project director, Ruth-Claire Weintaub – Soleri Book Initiative, Robert Manley – Maintenance, Vanessa Colombel, Aurelien Froment – Alumni, Darina Trendafilova – Workshop, Gabriel Hendrix – Foundry, Scott Riley – Construction/Utilities manager, Enrica Ceneda – Workshop, Mika Kawai – Construction, Mark Whigham – Cafe, Kip Hersted – Foundry/Tourism, Erika Peres – Cafe manager. [middle row from left] Bernadette O’Neill – Ceramics, David White – Workshop, Philip Bonham – Construction, Young soo Kim – Workshop, Phillip Smith – Workshop, Matthew Graves – Workshop, Andrew Woodward – Construction, Jayamoorthi Murugesan – Workshop, Meredith Colgin – Workshop, Ahdom Sayre – Workshop, Shaine Griggs – Workshop, Lee So young – Workshop. [low row from left] Chieko Shimizu – Foundry, Patrick Doyle – Construction, Ira S Murfin – Soleri Book Initiative, Graziella Pazzanese – Workshop coordinator, Susannah Mira – Soleri Book Initiative, Amelia Baker – Workshop, Jewel Black Feather-Welter – Ceramics, Charles Provine – Public Relations coordinator, Sue Anaya – Soleri Archives coordinator, Virginia Schutte – Construction/Bakery, Thanajayan Nagappan – Workshop. [bottom row from left] Tristan Tollas – Child, Yuki Yanagimoto – Soleri Archives. [Photo & Text: Yuki Y]last_img read more

August 9, 2019
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Rep Bizon supports bills to transfer ownership of Clarence Township swampland to

first_img Categories: Bizon News 26Mar Rep. Bizon supports bills to transfer ownership of Clarence Township swampland to taxpayer Two bills approved by the Michigan House today allow de facto owners of swamp land in Clarence Township to take full ownership of their land, said state Rep. John Bizon.Senate Bills 18 and 19 fix a technical error which prevented the de facto property owners from putting their land to good use.“I’m happy to see we’re fixing an oversight and going to let this land be put to good use by the owners, instead of having it belong to the state,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “The de facto owners have been paying taxes on the land, so we need to give them the ability to do something productive with it instead of keeping it under state control. It was good to see these bills get overwhelming support.”Rep. Bizon praised the sponsor of the bills, state Sen. Mike Nofs, for his work on the issue.“I’d like to thank Sen. Nofs for his work on these bills and on behalf of all residents of Clarence Township and Calhoun County,” Rep. Bizon said. “We’re here to serve the residents and this was a matter that was very important and needed to be taken care of.”The bills now go to the governor’s desk for consideration.###last_img read more

August 9, 2019
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The Scope and Demographics of Hunger in America and a Salary Question

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesAugust 18, 2014; WZVN-TVA new report on hunger in America has been released by Feeding America and the findings are sobering, to say the least. As we justifiably feel increasingly confident about the state of the economy as it continues to emerge from the Great Recession, it is healthy to remind ourselves just how much need is out there, and this report hits the nail on the head.Feeding America is a system of organizations around the country established to receive, catalogue, and distribute donations of food to food-service programs such as food pantries or meal programs. Feeding America also provides funding for its partner agencies as well as some technical support and research on hunger. The report is the result of data collection conducted mostly in 2013 from 12,500 food programs in the Feeding America network and 60,000 clients.The information contained in the report, “Hunger in America 2014,” suggests that hunger in America is changing and startlingly pervasive. In many cases, the people being served will surprise you. For example, 20 percent of households served have at least one family member who has served or is currently serving in the military; we are not taking care of people who have put their lives on the line.The report is well worth reading and is not very long. It should be noted, of course, that these statistics are only from the Feeding America network, and so the actual state of hunger in America could be even more pervasive than is revealed in this report. As a teaser, we offer a handful of facts we found to be startling:The Feeding America network serves 46.5 million people every year. This means that 1 out of every 7 Americans is in need of some help getting the food they need.The network serves 12 million children and 7 million older adults each year. This does not even account for the young people served in children-only programs where the clients being served are kept protected and anonymous. These are the most vulnerable people in our society.The median annual income of households served in the network is slightly more than $9,000. A related statistic is that 72 percent of households served are below the poverty line. This is a particularly shocking number, since the federal poverty line for a family of two is $15,510; for a family of four, it is $23,550.More than 40 percent of households served report having at least one family member with education beyond high school. As a related statistic, a vast majority—93 percent—report they are in stable/permanent housing or housing that has the potential to become so. It is not an uneducated, transient population that is being served.Most households served have to make choices between spending money on food or spending it on another basic need: 69 percent report choosing between food and utilities, 67 percent between food and transportation, 66% between food and medical care, 57 percent between food and housing.The number of people and organizations pitching in as part of the Feeding America network around the country is heartening and saddening at the same time. Nearly 2 million volunteers provide 8.4 million hours of help every year. It is heartening to know that so many people care and are willing to get involved. It is saddening that so many people have to.Although the report celebrates the partner organizations and the myriad volunteers who are involved in the food distribution system, a scratch on the surface adds an odd note. Even as the report almost brags about the millions of hours of volunteer time donated to distribute food through its partner agencies, as many as six people at Feeding America in Chicago earn in excess of $200,000 per year, with Vicki Escarra, the CEO, making more than $370,000. (The median household income in Chicago is around $60,000.) In contrast, the report suggests that 51 percent of the more than 46,000 agencies in the network rely solely on volunteers and have no paid staff. On the other hand, the organization had almost $2 billion in public support last year. In light of the mission on the one hand, which is to serve hungry people, and the size of the operation on the other, how should salaries be set?—Rob MeiksinsShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

August 9, 2019
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Greenpeace Peru and the Nazca Lines The Considerations Now

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 10, 2015; Latin American Herald TribuneThe Greenpeace demonstration that irrevocably marred the Nazca lines in Peru sparked intense discussion worldwide about the relationship of environmental advocates to developing countries, though relatively little in mainstream U.S. press coverage. Some people defended Greenpeace as having tried to make a powerful statement that would grab the attention of the delegates attending the world climate summit in Lima, with no intent of causing offense or damage. Others argued that Greenpeace should apologize and attempt to offer reparations, though not to accede to the requests of Peruvian authorities to turn over the names of the Greenpeace activists involved for legal action. Still others were harsher, arguing that Greenpeace’s executive leadership was ultimately culpable and should take the fall, while the individuals involved in the protest should be turned over to Peru for criminal prosecution.In the weeks since the event, the dynamics haven’t been quite so clear-cut. To be sure, Peru has announced it would officially try to prevent three Greenpeace activists, plus Greenpeace CEO Kumi Naidoo, from leaving the country, ostensibly for prosecution, except that the four aren’t actually in Peru at the moment. Peru’s Culture Minister, Diana Alvarez-Calderon, added that the country would pursue legal action against Greenpeace in international courts if it could not get the Greenpeace four to stand trial in Peru itself.The prosecutorial actions of the Peruvian authorities were to be expected, but another lurking problem—for Peru—emerged. Apparently, Greenpeace activists were hardly the only intruders onto the archeologically sensitive Nazca Lines site. Earlier reports had indicated that the Nazca site was already suffering damage due to poachers, illegal miners, tomb raiders, truck drivers, and others entering the area in violation of Peruvian law. Now, it appears that a Japanese television crew entered the site without permission in January 2013 and two Russian photographers working with a drone company did so in 2012. A Peruvian archeologist, Mario Olaechea, drove the Japanese film crew in 2013 and the Greenpeace activists last year to the Nazca Lines despite only having had permission to fly over the area, and for his troubles, Olaechea is facing judicial action himself.The Greenpeace action may have been ill-advised, to put it mildly, but it had the result of revealing how easy it is to get to and get into the Nazca Lines area, designated a protected World Heritage site, and how ill-prepared and perhaps underfunded the Peruvian efforts to protect the area might have been. Peru now has to address exactly what it has or has not done to protect that unique site, regardless of the Greenpeace incident.Why would Greenpeace have undertaken an action so extreme and risky as its protest at the Nazca Lines? While NPQ can hardly justify the Greenpeace action, there are some who say the Greenpeace message in favor of renewable energy and against the practices that lead to manmade climate change is difficult to hear and often threatening to the powers that be. As a well-known group, Greenpeace does find itself on the receiving end of governmental actions in some cases aimed at restricting or silencing the organization. For example, India’s Intelligence Bureau has apparently determined that Greenpeace India is a “threat to national economic security” because its environmental protests might harm India’s economic progress. In 2012, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service named Greenpeace as one of the “multi-issue extremists” that could be a threat to Canada’s “critical infrastructure.” In democracies like India and Canada, the labeling of Greenpeace as a threat to security seems extremely odd, to put it mildly.It doesn’t take much for an international organization like Greenpeace to run into allegations that it is extensively foreign funded and therefore should register with local authorities. One might expect something like that in Russia or Egypt, but Greenpeace finds itself on the receiving end of guidelines in democracies like India as well that also see it as a foreign-funded NGO. Just the other day, a Greenpeace activist from India, Priya Pillai, was prevented from boarding a flight from New Delhi to London where she was invited to address British parliamentarians on the threat to Indian forest communities from coal mining. After a few hours of airport detention, Pillai was told she was on an Indian no-fly list (actually a “lookout circular”) and her passport was then stamped “offload.”Greenpeace’s stumbling and bumbling into the Nazca Lines historic site may go down as a boneheaded stunt, but the challenges for an international NGO dedicated to environmental protection and against mindless carbon pollution, especially for the developing world, are increasing, not decreasing. It puts Greenpeace in an awkward position: How can it keep pushing the renewable energy issue without falling prey to bigger, deeper criticisms from the powers that exist to promote coal-fired energy plants? How is it to galvanize popular attention to the crisis of climate change without getting lost in the cacophony of environmental messages—pro, con, and in-between? None of this excuses Greenpeace for its tone-deaf attention-getting protest, but some of the dynamics around Greenpeace make the potential motivation for the action comprehensible at least, even if it was the wrong thing to have done.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

August 7, 2019
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Playout provider Chello DMC has won a fiveyear co

first_imgPlayout provider Chello DMC has won a five-year contract with Fox International Channels Europe to provide playout services for a bouquet of its European TV channels.Under the multi-year contract, Chello DMC will deliver playout services for 12 FIC linear TV channels in Europe, all of them grouped under the National Geographic brand, managing multiple language and subtitle tracks.Chello DMC will handle traffic, ingest, scheduling, advanced playout including cue tone insertion, watermarking and dynamic graphics and signal delivery over cable and satellite.last_img

August 7, 2019
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UK pay TV operator BSkyB will offer the catchup s

first_imgUK pay TV operator BSkyB will offer the catch-up service from the UK’s Channel 5 to its customers later this year. It has also added eight kids channels to its Sky Go multiscreen service.Demand 5 will be added to Sky’s broadband-delivered VOD platform Sky Anytime this autumn, joining the BBC’s iPlayer and the ITV Player.Sky has also announced that from today it is launching on-demand shows from eight kids’ channels on Sky Go, including Disney and Nick Junior. The operator plans to add new features including pause and rewind, search and personal recommendations this year.last_img

August 7, 2019
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The Ukrainian National Council for Television and

first_imgThe Ukrainian National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting has awarded four new IPTV licences to regional telecom operators. However, the regulator has said that a large number of services across the country remain unlicensed.The regulator awarded licences to provide IPTV services to Farlep Invest and Yutim Media in the Kyiv region, CHKS in the Chuguev and Kharkov region and Orion in the Rovenky and Lugansk region.Operator and distributors present a round table session organised this week by the regulator have committed to provide information about so-called grey market providers ahead of a move to enforce tighter regulation of the market.The regulator’s chief Vladimir Manzhosov told the ProIT news service that about 80 IPTV providers were operating in the country without a licence.last_img read more

August 7, 2019
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UPC Czech Republic is adding Eurosport 2 HD to its

first_imgUPC Czech Republic is adding Eurosport 2 HD to its line-up.The channel will be the twelfth sports network to join the Czech cable platform when it launches on November 1. Eurosport 2 HD holds exclusive rights to the German Bundesliga football league until 2015.The cable operator currently offers 16 HD channels to around 1.2 million subscribers.last_img

August 7, 2019
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Middle East satellite operator Arabsat has signed

first_imgMiddle East satellite operator Arabsat has signed a deal with Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) whereby the latter has designed and acquired, on an exclusive basis, a hosted Ka-band payload to be carried onboard the Arabsat Badr-7 satellite.According to Arabsat, this will be the first multi-purpose hosted Ka-band payload to cover the EMEA and Central Asia regions.“Previous generation of Ka band high-throughput satellites where designed to support only mass-consumer basic internet services with little or not flexibility to support other key connectivity needs. Our patented payload configurations not only delivers a large amount of Gbps on a key and vital TV neighborhood in the EMEA region, with several times the throughput of what traditional satellites can offer today, it also provides total flexibility to serve multiple high growth markets and verticals which was not possible to address until now,” said EMC CEO Abel Avellan. “Wireless is the future and new extremely low cost terminals, abundant new Ka-band spectrum, the ability of satellites to broadcast video more effectively than any other technology and EMC patents are very powerful combination to serve the communications and entrainment needs of potentially billions in the emerging markets, we are very excited about this transaction and plan to replicate the same model in other regions of the world.”last_img read more

August 7, 2019
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Al Jazeeraowned sports channel provider beIN Spor

first_imgAl Jazeera-owned sports channel provider beIN Sport France has chosen Strong to provide two HD satellite set-tops to receive its channels.beIN Sport, which holds the rights to broadcast football tournaments including Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League and other major sports events, operates two channels in France.Strong is providing two HD receivers including free access to beIN Sport 1 and beIN Sport 2 for a limited period: the Thomson HD satellite receiver THS802 and the Globsat HD satellite receiver GS2000.last_img

August 7, 2019
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Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added locallyp

first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia has added locally-produced music channel RU Music HD to its line-up. The standard-definition version of the channel, which airs a mix of Ukrainian and Russian music, has been available since 2005.Rudolf Kirnos, the channel’s owner, said that the broadcaster was taking the risk of launching what he said was central and eastern Europe’s first homegrown HD music channel at a time of economic difficulty for Ukraine.Volia marketing director Viktoriya Tsomaya said that the cable operator was always ready to support partners that invested in the future.RU Music HD will be available in the cmopany’s Volia HD, Powertime, Optimal HD, Premier HD and Vlia Extra HD packages.last_img

August 7, 2019
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Stefan De Beule Pay TV operators have an opportuni

first_imgStefan De BeulePay TV operators have an opportunity to sustain their role, delivering value and protecting their business by using their platform capabilities to enable content owners to adjust to changing viewing patterns, according to Stefan de Beule, director, solutions architecture at Arris.Live TV is still an important part of the overall TV experience and most non-live viewing is still ‘near live’, said De Beule, speaking at the company’s annual Video Leadership Forum event in Dublin. Audiences are demanding a variant on the live TV experience even as the life-cycle of content shrinks and the reach of popular shows declines, he said. This means that there will continue to be a role for aggregators such as pay TV providers.Audiences for the world’s most popular TV shows have declined over the years to the point where the most popular shows, such as CSI, now only reach about 15% of the audience rather than the 75% reached by I Love Lucy in the 1950s, De Beule told attendees. Nevertheless, while live viewing is declining slowly it still accounts for the vast bulk of TV watching. The lifecycle of content being viewed on demand is also quite short, with 70-95% of on demand content viewed on Sky in the UK having been aired within the last seven days. “People don’t want to watch content exactly at the time specified but they do want to watch it within a short time frame,” said De Beule.“Live TV is still there and there are a lot of big live events like sports,” said De Beule, citing the fact that the World Cup football final was watched by 87% of German viewers. Some shows, such as Game of Thrones meanwhile now achieve global reach, with 2.2 million illegal downloads within 12 hours of the show being released.On YouTube meanwhile, the half life of a YouTube video has actually declined, with viewing patterns tending towards something closer to a ‘near live’ experience. In 2010 it took six days to achieve half of the audience of a typical video, as against 10 days in 2008, said De Beule.The TV schedule also still has life in it, he said, particularly as most people only watch a few channels. “There is still a lot of value in the channel brand to help people discover content,” said De Beule.On mobile platforms, meanwhile people still watch content on a maximum of, on average, two apps, meaning that there is also still a strong role for content aggregators across platforms.The drive towards greater quality also has an impact on consumption patterns that give aggregators a role. New formats require more bandwidth, leading OTT providers to question the viability of supporting higher bitrate formats. “There is a key role here for a pay TV provider to deliver video at scale to multiple users,” said De Beule.Time-shifted viewing is likely to increase, meaning that operators will need to expand fourfold their capacity allocated to video delivery. Moves to higher quality will lead to an expansion of capacity for video of about 15 times, meanwhile.De Beule said that pay TV operators would have to invest in their platform capabilities to ensure that they continue to deliver value both to subscribers and to content partners.“Pay TV operators, first, will have to build a fit for purpose IP video platform…to delivery time-shifted multiscreen video traffic. That is the plumbing. Second, they will have to keep the customer’s attention,” he said.A fit for purpose IP video network will require a converged headend. “It no longer makes sense to have different parts for broadcast and multiscreen,” said De Beule. Operators want to prepare content once for multiple end points, including the adaptive bitrate network.Operators also need to offer additional tools to content owners to enable them to make money from their assets. These include analytic tools and ad substitution capabilities.Just in time packaging means manipulating the video stream including, for example, introducing targeted ads. As the audience fragments, advertisers face additional difficulties in reaching audiences economically. Operators can help advertisers reach audiences with minimal waste and overlap and can also enable advertisers to target specific audience segments. “It’s about both reach and targeting,” said De Beule.Operators can additionally offer interactive advertising capabilities to enable advertisers to generate greater engagement.They can further deliver value to content providers by unlocking the data they gather from TV delivery systems such as NDVR, combining it with complementary data such as data from audience measurement and service provider CRM systems, said De Beule.At the level of the video itself, content delivery systems can generate metadata by analysing events in the video stream itself, providing search tools for specific points in video content, he said.last_img read more

August 7, 2019
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John Petter Ofcom should amend the scope of its Di

first_imgJohn PetterOfcom should amend the scope of its Digital Communications Review to include pay TV, so it can address high prices and a lack of competition in the UK market, according to the CEO of BT’s consumer division, John Petter.In a speech to the Broadcasting Press Guild yesterday, Petter said there were market failings in the UK pay TV space, where Sky is the dominant player. He claimed that Sky customers are paying close to £50 a year more than the EU average for basic pay TV channels and up to £75 a year more if they take premium sports and movie packages, citing Analysys Mason research.“Relative to EU averages Sky customers are paying around a half a billion pounds more per year for the basic packages of pay TV channels. Switching in pay TV is 50% lower than the levels seen in broadband, so it is clear we just aren’t seeing the right levels of competition for Sky,” said Petter.   He claimed that in contrast with the UK broadband market – where there is falling prices, rising speeds and a strong international performance – consumers in the UK suffer from a lack of effective competition in the pay TV market.The broadband market has four major players but none with over 32% market share, compared to the pay TV market where Sky is the dominant player with a 64% share leaving major barriers to entry for new players, said Petter.He added that the broadband market is regulated at a wholesale level, giving players access on an equal basis, while in pay TV there are weak wholesale obligations that only apply to Sky Sports 1 and 2.Petter said that despite its success, BT Sport had not changed overall market dynamics in the UK and that the new channel’s 2.4 million viewers – who didn’t previously watch Sky Sports – are evidence of an unserved part of the population, unable to pay the high prices demanded by Sky.“We think Ofcom should heed the call of Sky’s biggest shareholder. James Murdoch once said in relation to Sky that 21st Century Fox fought for ‘a level playing field and to have competition policy applied with an even hand’. But when it comes to competition in pay TV, the message from Sky seems to be ‘talk to the hand’. We think Ofcom should make Mr Murdoch happy and give the UK a competitive pay TV market that is fit for the next decade,” said Petter.The comments come just over a week after Sky called on UK competition watchdog the CMA to investigate BT’s Openreach division, accusing it of under-investment in the national broadband network used by Sky to serve its customers.In a submission to regulator Ofcom’s strategic review of digital communications, Sky called on Ofcom to make a market investigation reference to the CMA and said that “the common thread” to problems with the UK broadband sector was “BT’s ownership of Openreach”, which carried a risk of “diminishing retail competition as the UK transitions to fibre-based broadband services”.last_img read more

August 7, 2019
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Will Keenan Former Endemol Beyond USA president Wi

first_imgWill KeenanFormer Endemol Beyond USA president Will Keenan has joined live streaming platform Streamup as president and chief content officer.Keenan left the US division of Endemol Shine Group’s multichannel networks arm in August, with Adrian Sexton named as his replacement in the interim.His new gig, Streamup, is a non-ad-supported live-streaming platform that has built around 20 million monthly users in less than a year. The web community-focused firm allows users to stream together and will move out of its beta phase in January 2016.Streamup is now looking at creating original live TV formats and get into talent development, which are both areas Keenan has extensive experience in.Keenan has taken a stake in Streamup, and separately has one in Zealot Networks, which is the MCN business former Maker Studios CEO Danny Zappin created.At Endemol Beyond USA, Keenan scored deals with the likes of YouTube beauty treatment talent Michelle Phan, with whom the firm is creating the ICON online network, rapper Pitbull and punk star Courtney Love.There was no official word from Streamup, but the company tweeted confirming the hire.last_img read more

August 7, 2019
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Sky in the UK has introduced new features for Sky

first_imgSky in the UK has introduced new features for Sky+ customers that are designed to make it easier to catch-up and binge on their favourite shows.The new features include Auto Play, which will automatically start the next episode of a series once one ends – provided the show is downloaded to a users’ planner.Catch Up Series Link lets viewers easily set a series link on a catch-up TV programme so that it automatically records future episodes.The update also includes new accessibility features that will allow users to set increased font sizes on their TV homepage and services pages.“We know our customers love the freedom to easily watch episode after episode of their favourite TV shows, which is why we continue to invest in new features for Sky+,” said Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s director of TV and content products.“Whether it’s binge watching addictively good box sets like Billions and The Blacklist, or catching up on your favourite series, including Ray Donovan or A League Of Their Own, Auto Play and Catch Up Series Link give customers the flexibility to watch their favourite shows the way they want.”The updates will be available to existing Sky+ customers after Sky confirmed in October that it is phasing out its Sky+ boxes, making all new customers opt for its latest-generation Sky Q advanced TV service.last_img read more

August 6, 2019
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Ofcom has sold two bands of 4G and 5G spectrum to

first_imgOfcom has sold two bands of 4G and 5G spectrum to the owners of the UK’s main mobile operators – EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone – in an auction that has raised £1.356 billion (€1.55 billion).The two auctioned bands were: 2.3 GHz, which is usable by current mobile phones and will help improve existing 4G capacity in the UK; and 3.4 GHz, which isn’t useable by today’s devices but has been earmarked for 5G use.Telefonica UK, owner of the O2 network, won all 40 MHz of 2.3 GHz spectrum at a cost of £205.9 million, in a move that will bolster its 4G footprint across the country.The 3.4 GHz band was split between all four operators: EE took 40 MHz for £302.6 million; Hutchinson 3G UK, owner of Three, won 20 MHz for £151.3 million; Telefonica secured 40 MHz for £317.7 million; and Vodafone bought 50 MHz for £378.2 million.A fifth bidder, US-owned company Airspan Spectrum Holdings, was the only bidder not to win spectrum in either band.“This is good news for everyone who uses their mobile phone to access the internet,” said Philip Marnick, spectrum group director at Ofcom.“As a nation we’re using ever more mobile data on smartphones and mobile devices. Releasing these airwaves will make it quicker and easier to get online on the move. It will also allow companies to prepare for 5G mobile, paving the way for a range of smart, connected devices.”A total of 34 lots of spectrum were sold across the two bands in what was termed the principal stage of the auction. Ofcom will now move to the assignment stage – a short process that will allow the winning companies to bid to determine where in the frequency bands their new spectrum will be located.This is expected to conclude within a couple of weeks, following which Ofcom will issue licences to the winning bidders so they can start to put their spectrum to use.While this will likely see a near-term boost to O2’s 4G coverage, 5G deployments could still be a couple of years out to allow for compatible devices to come to market and for infrastructure build-out.Kester Mann, principle analyst, operators, CCS Insight said: “O2 emerged as the big winner, sweeping up all of the crucial 2.3 GHz airwaves that can immediately offer much-needed 4G capacity. As the most spectrum-constrained operator, this sale was more crucial to O2 than any of its rivals and the result gives it the certainty to continue its mobile-centric strategy in the UK market.“The overall spend at nearly £1.4 billion was higher than expected and reflects a hugely competitive sale, with the frequencies vital to helping formulate each network operator’s long-term strategy. Attention now moves to the 700 MHz sale – another 5G band that is vital for wide-area coverage – that could be auctioned in the UK as soon as next year.”The 700 MHz band sale will see spectrum reallocated from digital terrestrial TV to mobile data.last_img read more

August 5, 2019
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first_imgShareTweet Lisa McHugh played this weekend in StrabaneSTRABANE was buzzing over the weekend as thousands gathered for the local festival celebration of the year as Summer Jamm welcomed record numbers to the town.Over 8,000 people turned out for the annual event which this year took place over two days for the first time.The theme for the celebration was ‘Country Fest’ and the programme featured an impressive showing of country music talent headed up by well-known singing sensations Lisa McHugh and Ritchie Remo.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hilary McClintock, joined music lovers for some of the fun on Saturday afternoon. “I had a fantastic time out and about on Saturday in Strabane,” she declared. “It was a great opportunity to meet some new faces and there was a great family friendly atmosphere in the town centre. People of all ages were out to enjoy the festival, which despite the rain, was a fantastic success.“Thousands turned out to support the events and there was great feedback about the programme which was bigger and better than ever this year. Well done to all involved in organising the event – it was a great start to the summer season in Strabane!”As well as performances by country stars Lisa McHugh, Ritchie Remo, Jim Devine, Alanna Quinn, David James and Jordan Devine, there were plenty of activities for younger Summer Jammer throughout Saturday.The town was a hive of activity with street stalls, animation, Zorbing, Circus Workshop, Kite Making Workshop, Willow Weaving, Kidz Farm, Bungee Jump, Kids Carousel, Balloon Modelling and much more. Lisa McHughRECORD NUMBERS TURN OUT FOR STRABANE SUMMER JAMM Local talent was out in force for the busking competition with a top prize of £1000 which was won by Glen Harkin, and second and third prizes of £400 and £200 to Adam Dolan and Roisin Moore.Festival and Events Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Liz Cunningham, said the weekend had been a great success. “We were absolutely delighted to see so many people out and about in Strabane over the weekend. The family events all went down a treat and we saw a brilliant turn out on Sunday to see Lisa McHugh, Ritchie Remo and a whole host of local talent, who had everyone on their feet for hours.“The two day format worked really well and drew even more visitors to the area over the weekend, and the rain certainly didn’t dampen the spirits.”RECORD NUMBERS TURN OUT FOR STRABANE SUMMER JAMM was last modified: June 13th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

August 5, 2019
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LEGENDERRY BOOST AT BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW IN BELFAST

first_img LEGENDERRY BOOST AT BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW IN BELFAST LEGENDERRY Food producers and tourism ambassadors from Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) and Visit Derry rubbed shoulders with the culinary elite and celebrity chefs at the BBC Good Food Show’s first ever visit to Belfast as part of Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink 2016 at the weekend.Showcasing the cream of local produce in conjunction with Tourism NI and Food NI at the three-day event held in Belfast Waterfront were Doneybrewer Butter (Eglinton) with their sea-salted butter and, Tamnagh Foods (Park) with their Dart Mountain cheese brand and chutneys whose attendance was supported by DCSDC.Huge crowds attended the BBC Good Food Show which featured live cookery demos by TV favourites Paul Hollywood, The Hairy Bikers, John Torode and James Martin, while local star Paul Rankin led Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink sessions.Two of the North West’s best known chefs, Emmett McCourt (‘Feast or Famine’) and Ian Orr (Browns restaurants) also made special guest appearances on the prestigious Interview Stage. Mayor of Derry and Strabane district, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said she was delighted that LegenDerry Food had been so well promoted at the BBC Good Food Show and was extremely proud of all the work being done by Council and its strategic partners to build on the city’s rising reputation as an international food tourism destination.Pictured above from left are:- Richard Leighton, Doneybrewer Butter; Louise Millsopp, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) NI Regional Food Programme; Mary Blake, Head of Tourism with DCSDC; Alison Leighton, Doneybrewer Butter; Howard Hastings, Managing Director Hastings Hotel Group and former Chair Tourism NI; and Niamh Ashford, Visit Derry.For more information on DCSDC’s events during Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink 2016 visitwww.derrystrabane.com/foodLEGENDERRY BOOST AT BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW IN BELFAST was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:center_img ShareTweetlast_img read more

August 5, 2019
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There has been strong demand for the flights sinc

first_img“There has been strong demand for the flights since they were announced in December, with the route offering passengers an extremely convenient connection to a host of destinations in the USA and Canada, and we are confident this will continue to grow.”The flight from Belfast to Reykjavik provides easy connections with Icelandair’s wide network of destinations in the US and Canada.Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of Belfast City Airport, welcomes Arni Gunnarsson, CEO of Air Iceland Connect, to Belfast as the first flight on the new Icelandair route from Belfast to Reykjavik arrived today.One of the most interesting facets of this new route is the ability to stopover in Iceland at no extra cost. So if you are considering flying to the USA or Canada, think again maybe instead of London, try Iceland as its on the way and you could have a stopover of your dreams.Gerry Lennon, Visit Belfast Chief Executive, said:“Air connectivity is critical to us welcoming more international visitors to Belfast and achieving the city’s ambition of doubling tourism spend by 2021.“Icelandair’s new service and extensive global network enables Visit Belfast and our tourism partners to proactively engage with potential visitors, from not only Iceland but other key markets including North America.”Aileen Hickey, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for the Nordic Region, said:“The new Icelandair flight is really good news for tourism to Belfast and Northern Ireland. Not only will it help grow visitor numbers from Iceland, but this new service will also offer connectivity between North America and Belfast. We are delighted to co-operate with Icelandair and Belfast City Airport, to maximise the promotion of this new flight. As an island destination, the importance of convenient flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”Icelandair also began flights to new destination Philadelphia on 30th May 2017, operating four times a week from Reykjavik (KEF) to Philadelphia (PHL) until 20th September 2017. Flights from all seven UK gateways will connect to this. They will also begin flights to Tampa, Florida on 7th September 2017.DD TRAVEL….NICELAND FOR US ALL! was last modified: June 1st, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: The flight time is 2:55 hours to and from George Best Belfast City Airport, which is only five minutes from the city centre.Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport, said:“This is a hugely exciting period for Belfast City Airport following our recent co-hosting of the Routes Europe conference, and the launch of our new three-times weekly flight to Reykjavik will help continue the positive momentum.“We have a strong track record of forming successful partnerships with internationally-renowned airlines such as Icelandair. BIRKIR HOLM GUONASONDD TRAVEL….NICELAND FOR US ALL!GROUP TRAVEL EDITORICELANDAIRTIM HEDGLEY At Belfast City Airport today to launch the new Icelandair route from Belfast City Airport to Reykjavik are Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of Belfast City Airport, and Arni Gunnarsson, CEO of Air Iceland Connect. Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.BY TIM HEDGLEY, GROUP TRAVEL EDITORICELANDAIR began offering flights from Belfast City Airport (BHD) to Reykjavik (KEF) today, June 1, 2017.The new year-round service will operate up to three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.“Icelandair is proud to welcome Belfast on board as our latest UK gateway, working again in partnership with our sister airline Air Iceland Connect who will operate the service.  This addition improves our connectivity and enables us to carry even more passengers to our 18 gateways across the US and Canada, via our hub in Reykjavik.” Said Birkir Holm Guðnason, Icelandair CEO.The new Belfast route is operated by Air Iceland Connect on its 72 seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft in a code sharing partnership with Icelandair, offering great connections at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland to destinations in the US and Canada through Icelandair‘s network. ShareTweetlast_img read more