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Reports NKorea missile launchers came from China

first_imgTOKYO (AP) – Japan’s government reportedly has evidence that vehicles that could be used to launch missiles were exported to North Korea by a Chinese company in a possible violation of United Nations trade restrictions.Four of the vehicles were shipped from Shanghai to North Korea last August aboard the Harmony Wish, a Cambodian-flagged cargo vessel, according to Japanese reports Wednesday.The reports said Japanese authorities had been tracking the ship by satellite, and searched it when it transited the port of Osaka the following month. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Such vehicles _ called TELs _ became the focus of international attention when they were displayed in a military parade in the North’s capital of Pyongyang in April.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistcenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more


Buddhists in Myanmar protest OICs visit

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Check your body, save your life Several aid workers flying into the state’s capital, Sittwe, have been turned back. International journalists have been told that travel to the area is barred for the time being.Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing said that if the Islamic bloc wants to see stability restored to the state, “it’s better that the delegation not visit at all, but provide humanitarian assistance from outside.”__Associated Press writer Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories More than 240 people have died and 240,000 others fled their homes in the last year, many of them Rohingya Muslims hunted down by Buddhist machete-wielding mobs, occasionally as security forces looked on.The OIC team _ representing Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Djibouti and Bangladesh _ is expected to meet large crowds of demonstrators when they continue onward Friday to the tense western state of Rakhine, scene of much of the bloodshed, where they will meet victims at crowded, rundown displacement camps.Ark Hananto, part of the Indonesian delegation, said they were assured by government that security would be tight. While they realize there may be a backlash, the group decided it was important to not only offer expressions of concern and condemnation, but to meet directly with those affected.They also want to talk to community and religious leaders.“We want to find a way to help build communication,” he said.Tensions have been soaring in Rakhine state in the last two weeks.Allegations by local Buddhists that international humanitarian organizations operating in Myanmar are biased in favor of Rohingya, something they deny, have resulted in threats to foreigners. Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Dozens of Buddhist monks carrying banners that said “Get Out” and “Don’t interfere in Myanmar’s internal affairs” gathered outside the airport Wednesday to protest the arrival of a delegation from the world’s biggest Islamic political bloc.Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and several ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a grouping of 57 Islamic countries, will head directly to the capital, Naypyitaw, to meet top government officials to discuss sectarian violence that has gripped the predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million. Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more


Flooding in New Zealand capital halts trains causes 1 death

first_imgWellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown urged people to find alternative accommodation in the city for the night rather than trying to make it home and even opened the downtown library for those who wanted to stay.Police said they found the body of an 80-year-old man in Petone near Wellington in floodwater near his abandoned car. They said the car was partially submerged with the keys in the ignition.Several areas around Wellington recorded rainfall of over 10 centimeters (4 inches).The region is home to about 450,000 people.Forecasters predict more heavy rain Friday before conditions ease over the weekend.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories center_img WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Heavy rain caused flooding in New Zealand’s capital Thursday that left one man dead, halted train service and blocked highways during the evening commute.Crews struggled to clear highways, and the shutdown of Wellington’s train services delayed travel for many.Elsewhere in the North Island, a small tornado lifted roofs from buildings in the town of Mount Maunganui near Tauranga. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more


— Minnesotas defense is still dang good The Viki

first_img— Minnesota’s defense is still dang good. The Vikings won their first five games but lost the last four. Arians said the offense has struggled but the defense hardly looks different from the beginning of the season. “I probably respect Mike Zimmer as much as any coach in the National Football league,” Arians said of the Vikings’ defensive-minded head coach. “Been going against him way too long.”— This week, the Vikings beat-up offensive line might have Arizona looking at ways to pressure quarterback Sam Bradford. That might be a challenge with Minnesota running a quick-hit, West Coast style offense. “It is hard to get there (in the backfield). I think tight coverage helps stop some of that stuff and lets some of those guys get home,” Arians said. “We’ve been fortunate the front four is getting there without blitzes as much as we normally do, but we may have to put some interior pressure on it.”— What the key to beat the Vikings? “Block Everson Griffen,” Arians said. “He’s one of the best there is that nobody doesn’t ever talk about, along with (Brian) Robison and (Linval) Joseph. They’ve got a great front. And we’ve had a little problem with three-techniques the last couple of weeks, so our guards are going to have to really step up.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories ***— Can a rougher practice schedule lead to fewer injuries? Arians thinks so. His “science” does, too. “I’ve been doing this little study. We had practice with no pads on twice this year and put three guys on IR. Last week, we practiced in pads twice and nobody got hurt,” Arians said. “You get in football shape in my mind. Nobody ever gets hurt in practice in pads and you have great practices. I think it carries into the games.”— Arizona released punter Ryan Quigley and re-signed a healthy replacement in Drew Butler on Tuesday. Arians explained the move that at surface level did not appear obvious. “We really like Drew because he also gives us a backup kickoff guy and a backup field goal kicker,” Arians said.— Talk about keeping your quarterback positive. During Arizona’s win this week, a late Carson Palmer interception with 3:13 left and the Cardinals leading 20-13 gave San Francisco a chance to tie the game. Arians was caught on the sideline tapping his own chest when Palmer ran off the field following the pick, and the head coach explained the moment on Sirius. “I just, I got a little too greedy probably. We’re playing for points. We had a play that we had two guys open but might’ve been a time to run the football, in hindsight,” said the Cardinals coach. “I didn’t want him thinking anything was his fault because we need the two-minute drill to win the game.” The Arizona Cardinals snuck past the San Francisco 49ers but head to a rowdy Minnesota stadium to face the Vikings in Week 11.Head coach Bruce Arians made his weekly appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Late Hits show on Tuesday to discuss the team’s win and the keys for playing a Vikings team tumbling due to injuries. The head honcho of the Cardinals also talked about how padded practices have seemingly helped Arizona remain healthy and the Tuesday roster moves to re-sign punter Drew Butler and release Ryan Quigley. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) talks with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Patriots won 23-21. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) — Arians, on Larry Fitzgerald’s continued success: “He still acts like he’s a rookie. He asks questions, he makes sure he’s spot-on in his assignments and asks coach, ‘what are you really looking for in this situation, what are you wanting me to do?’ And it rubs off on the rest of the team. But I think the biggest thing is … the reason we run the ball so well is because he’s blocking at a level that only I’ve ever seen was by Hines Ward.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more


Rep Glenn announces local office hours

first_img07Mar Rep. Glenn announces local office hours Categories: Annette Glenn News  State Rep. Annette Glenn announced her in-district office hours for the month of March. The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, March 15o   4:45 to 5:45 p.m. at H&H Bakery and Restaurant, 200 S. Mable St. in Pinconning.      Monday, March 18o   8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Tropical Smoothie, 985 S. Saginaw Road in Midland.“Holding regular office hours is a great way to connect and hear from members of the community,” Glenn said. “I look forward to receiving your input on the important issues facing our state.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Glenn’s office at (517) 373-1791 or AnnetteGlenn@house.mi.gov.last_img read more


Rep Hall proposes commonsense measure protecting Michiganders from unfair prosecution

first_img18Apr Rep. Hall proposes common-sense measure protecting Michiganders from unfair prosecution Categories: Hall News State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Emmett Township) has authored bipartisan legislation to protect Michigan citizens with concealed pistol licenses from unfair prosecution in the event they simply forget to renew their license. House Bill 4434 has 13 Democrat cosponsors and 19 Republican cosponsors.Currently, a CPL holder can be charged with a felony punishable by up to five years in prison or a $2,500 fine if he or she is found in possession of a concealed pistol one day after his or her license expires.“A felony conviction forever changes a person’s life,” Hall said. “He or she may struggle to find a job, suitable housing, and his or her right to possess a firearm is suspended. It is unfair for an otherwise law-abiding gun owner to become a felon because of a paperwork oversight.”Under Hall’s plan, a CPL holder who is found concealed carrying within one year of his or her CPL expiring and is eligible for renewal would be subject to a civil infraction and a $330 fine. If the individual renews his or her CPL within 60 days of the citation, no fine would be issued.“The current punishment does not fit the crime,” Hall said. “A CPL holder must pass a criminal background check to obtain a license. These are law abiding citizens. This is common-sense criminal justice reform.”House Bill 4434 now moves to the House Military, Veterans, and Homeland Security Committee.last_img read more


A New Capital Program for Womenowned Businesses Launches in TN

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 17, 2015; The Ledger (Nashville, TN)Pathway Lending, a nonprofit in Tennessee, is partnering with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in the launch of the Ready.Fund.Grow! program and the new Women’s Business Center. The purpose of the program and center is to provide “small business owners and female business owners with greater access to lines of credit.”In addition to helping business owners access capital up to $100,000, Pathway Lending will also connect owners with training, consulting, and resources to develop and support companies.“When the SBA [Small Business Advice] put out a notification asking if there were any nonprofit organizations that wanted to participate in the Women’s Business Center program, we did a very quick proposal and not even 60 days later were provided notification that we would receive the designation,” Amy Bunton, Pathway Lending’s senior vice president, said.As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported this month, Tennessee is not the only state to be helping guide female business owners. Propelle is “a networking organization dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs connect” and run a successful business:“Women-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the economy, but access to capital and entrepreneurial support is still lacking across many sectors, according to a 2014 report from the National Association for Women Business Owners.”The company conducts many events as well as coaching workshops to help women “achieve their goals and dreams” as well as “train and inspire women to reach their fullest potential.”“At each [Propelle] meeting, you talk about what you’re going to work on in the next month. And that accountability helps make you do things, even if you’re waiting until the day before the next meeting to do them,” said Erin Szymanski, who has gone through Propelle’s program. “It’s not about hand-holding, but the encouragement and the direction they offered was so important.”According to Forbes, startup incubator Y Combinator in San Francisco has maintained a 4 percent female clientele. The reason? Most of the applicants to Y Combinator are favored if they have a technical cofounder. Other programs that do not focus on technology have been more successful in fostering women entrepreneurs.So, how can the climate of women entrepreneurs be changed across the board? Much like Propelle, startup business owners need networks and mentors. As Anne Doyle mentioned in her book Powering Up!, women should not be afraid to help one another become successful. Instead of ignoring or sabotaging female colleagues, the more women stand up and help one another, the more success women will begin to have, regardless of sector. –Erin LambShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more


In a Local Space Crisis Marin Community Foundation Sells 2 Nonprofit Buildings

first_imgShare6TweetShare35Email41 Shares14 / Matt P.August 15, 2016; Marin Independent JournalBuying buildings to house local nonprofits seems to be all the rage among some foundations—sometimes much to their almost immediate regret. But in San Rafael, California, where the cost of space is extraordinary to the extent that it’s seen as a threat to the future of nonprofits, the Marin Community Foundation has decided to sell two buildings it bought more than ten years ago specifically to house local nonprofits in need of affordable space. The sale will reportedly bring $11.6 million.“We bought them at a time during one of the earlier recessions when a number of nonprofits were having a really hard time,” said Thomas Peters, president of the Marin Community Foundation. “At that time, we were trying to provide some almost emergency space.”“It’s not our main book of business,” Peters said, regarding the change of heart. “We need, just like any business, to focus—and owning real estate and being landlords is really not a central part of our business—so time to change.”Among the organizations which will be obliged to leave by December 2017 are Legal Aid of Marin, Advocates for Children, Spectrum LGBT Center, Grassroots Leadership Network, Family & Children’s Law Center, the Asian Advocacy Project, Buckelew Programs, Family Service Agency, Marin Child Care Council, Marin Workforce Housing Trust, and the Marin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.Peters says he doubts the loss of the space deal, which was subsidized, would pose an existential threat to any of the resident nonprofits. “Any organization is always welcome to apply to us for consideration about their costs; that’s what we do,” Peters said. “We’ve been a pretty good supporter and funder of many, many programs, so I would not expect any dire consequences.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare6TweetShare35Email41 Shareslast_img read more


The Millions of Small Reasons for Remaking the Economy

first_imgShare29Tweet10ShareEmail39 Shares“Houses and Cash,” Images MoneyFebruary 20, 2019; KTVZ (Central Oregon)NPQ’s webinar series on “remaking the economy” focuses on innovative, emerging models of inclusive and equitable economic development and the ways communities throughout the country are integrating them. A major part of the case for remaking the economy is that the current system leaves millions behind, and nearly every metric of economic inclusivity points to the need for a dramatic shift. It is imperative that nonprofits lead the way in charting this new course—and not just a moral imperative, but one deeply connected to their missions to the communities they serve.In order to fully realize this new, inclusive economy, as NPQ has reported many times, nonprofits must embrace this charge. A new report by Oregon State University expands on the case for a new economy by shedding light on how asset poverty impacts children in America. The report is sobering on many levels, and nonprofits that work with low-income communities should reflect on the findings.The long-term impacts of income poverty on children have been extensively researched and documented. Among the disturbing consequences:According to the American Psychological Association, child poverty is linked with a range of negative developmental conditions and outcomes, including poor academic achievement, school dropout, abuse and neglect, behavioral and socio-emotional problems, physical health problems, and developmental delays.Over time, child poverty contributes to chronic stress, lower levels of working memory, a weak foundation for later learning, behavior, and health, and poor adolescent and adult outcomes, according to the Urban Institute’s research report, Child Poverty and Its Lasting Consequences.Perhaps most concerning is that poverty impacts a child’s brain development, leading to long-term behavioral and cognitive difficulties.Despite proclamations last year by the White House Council of Economic Advisors that the war on poverty was “largely over and a success,” the reality about poverty in America is different. According to the US Census’s September 2018 report, Income and Poverty in the United States, 12.3 percent of Americans live in poverty, which represents nearly 40 million people. Of this, 15 million children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold, representing 21 percent of all children in America.Against this backdrop, OSU’s first-of-its-kind report explores the impacts of asset poverty on children and quantifies the rates of asset poverty in children in various developed countries. Differing from income poverty, asset poverty is defined as “a measure of the liquid savings households to cover basic expenses for three months if they experienced a sudden job loss, a medical emergency or another financial crisis leading to a loss of stable income.” In other words, asset-poor families lack sufficient financial assets to maintain their current living standard for three months should they lose all income. When looking at this definition, over 40 percent of American households fall under this measure.Asset poverty is important, given that income and assets are how families manage their financial health. While the impacts of income poverty are well documented, the body of research on asset poverty is relatively new. There is a growing base of evidence that suggests that parents with greater asset holdings presage better academic achievement, higher educational expectations, lower likelihood of repeating a grade, higher rates of college enrollment, and higher likelihood of college graduation for their children. Furthermore, research is now exploring how asset holding affects psychosocial well-being, family stress, parent-child interactions, and child psychology. Finally, a family’s asset holdings partially explain inequalities in health outcomes in ways that income does not. With these trending research findings, the issue of asset poverty is too important for nonprofits concerned about families to ignore.An interesting note is that OSU’s research is comparative, in that the researchers looked at six countries and accounted for asset poverty in families and in children. These countries include the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Finland, and Norway. Both the United States and Australia have the highest rates of child asset poverty at 62.9 percent. While the report doesn’t measure households by race, it is important to note that Latinx and black families have disproportionately high asset poverty rates, making asset poverty a racial justice issue as well.Of importance is that the researchers recognize that family structures shape children’s poverty risk. Given the wage inequality that women in the United States face, and the high incidence of single-parent households headed by women in the US compared to other countries, asset poverty among single mothers is high, and the inequalities compared to other groups is glaring. The mean wealth of single-parent households was $125,294 less than that of married-couple households, even after accounting for education level, age of children, and receipt of inheritance. Furthermore, the median wealth of married couples with children in the United States was $96,000 compared to $6,000 for single-mother households. Coincidentally, $6,000 is approximately the amount that the average American family would need to have available to live on for three months, as NPQ reported earlier this month. Given the low median wealth and assets of single mothers in particular, the researchers note the need for further research on asset poverty, specifically how the factors associated with single-parent households translate into high poverty risk.As nonprofits explore ways to integrate their programs and services into efforts that advance an inclusive economy, they should be aware of how asset poverty impacts the communities they serve. While some nonprofits focus on financial literacy and asset building, those that focus on children’s well-being, educational attainment, and behavioral health should note the role that both income and asset poverty play in the outcomes of the children they serve. OSU’s research expands our understanding of the impact that poverty has on America, and is an important perspective for nonprofits to understand and explore.—Derrick RhaynShare29Tweet10ShareEmail39 Shareslast_img read more


Russian telco and cable operator Rostelecom grew i

first_imgRussian telco and cable operator Rostelecom grew its TV subscriber base to 6.2 million at the end of June, including one million IPTV subscribers. The overall TV base was up 10% year-on-year.Rostelecom’s second quarter net profit grew 3% year-on-year to RUB8.77 billion (€216 million) on revenues of RUB75.5 billion, up 6%. Revenue from pay TV services amounted to RUB2.14 billion, up from RUB1.8 billion a year earlier.Broadband revenues were also up significantly. However, the company was hit by a decline in fixed phone revenues.last_img


Sensio Technologies has licensed 3D VoD content fr

first_imgSensio Technologies has licensed 3D VoD content from Walt Disney Studios, with plans to offer on-demand rentals from the firm on its Sensio 3DGO! service in the US from later this month.Sensio claims that 3DGO! is the first dedicated 3D VoD service. Users can access the store via compatible models of E-Series and M-Series Vizio TVs.last_img


The cable industry is not a dying business but h

first_imgThe cable industry is not a “dying business” but has a promising future, despite the rise of OTT services such as Netflix, according to Cable Europe executive chairman Matthias Kurth.Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London, Kurth (pictured) said that it was a “misconception to say that people are cutting the cord, and cable is a dying business,” as it is the cable companies that own the customer relationship.With new services, like OTT video, reliant on good broadband connections, Kurth said that in his home market of Germany, cable subscriber numbers are growing, as the cable operators can provide better internet speeds than DSL connections provided by incumbents in the market.“We are on the winning side, otherwise Vodafone would not have taken over a cable operator,” Kurth said, in reference to the mobile operator’s recent acquisition of Kabel Deutschland – having completed a 76.57% acquisition of the company’s share capital in October.“Here in the UK we saw that Virgin already made an agreement with Netflix on a commercial basis. So we don’t see that the OTT players like Netflix are a threat to the cable business. They will be integrated in TiVo, or in Horizon, or in other kinds of services, because then we can offer an additional value for our customers,” said Kurth
.“We have the customer relationship, we want to integrate all of these kinds of new services, and people would like to have easy and seamless access to all these kinds of things. It would be stupid to block it,” he added, saying that doing so would make OTT “much more dangerous.”Asked about challenges to the industry, Kurth said that copyright fragmentation was a hurdle that still needed to be overcome, as this prevented the creation of a European content market. However, he said that, in his view, the future of the cable business was “quite promising.”last_img read more


Samsung has launched its first Tizenpowered ultra

first_imgSamsung has launched its first Tizen-powered ultra HD TVs in its home market of Korea. Samsung is selling four models of TV with the Tizen operating system it originally developed as a rival to Android in the mobile phone world, with screen sizes ranging from 55-inches to 88-inches. The smallest model currently costs KRW5.49 million (€4,400).The launch follows the announcement by Samsung in January that its entire range of smart TVs for 2015 would be Tizen-powered.The Tizen initiative has suffered from delays and strategy shifts. Last year, Samsung unveiled plans to target emerging markets with Tizen-based phones and launched a number of digital cameras and smart watches based on the software.last_img


Bouygues Telecom The acquisition of Bouygues Telec

first_imgBouygues TelecomThe acquisition of Bouygues Telecom by Numericable-SFR, which is widely expected by investors in France, could be less attractive than anticipated, according to analysts at Exane BNP Paribas.In a note reported in the French press, Exane BNP Paribas has downgraded its rating of Numericable-SFR from neutral to underperform on the basis that an acquisition of Bouygues’ telecom unit would likely be conditional on it divesting part of its mobile subscriber base, most likely to the benefit of rival Free.While the acquisition is expected to generate synergies of around €6 billion and additional value from a recovery of the overall market to the tune of around €2 billion, Exane BNP Paribas estimates that a loss of around 5% of the subscriber base as a result of regulatory conditions would reduce the value of the combination by about €2 billion.Exane BNP Paribas also downgraded its recommendation on Bouygues from overperform to neutral.last_img read more


Deborah Lee Viacom International Media Networks V

first_imgDeborah LeeViacom International Media Networks (VIMN) and BET International are due to launch the BET channel as a 24-linear and multiscreen service in France next month.BET (Black Entertainment Television) will launch on November 17, offering content inspired by urban culture, music, fashion and society.VIMN said that the French launch will be a “360 degree, multiscreen rollout”, with non-linear services to be offered through VIMN’s key French affiliate partners including CanalSat, Numericable-SFR, Free and Bouygues Telecom.There will also be a dedicated website, a BET app featuring exclusive videos and BET social media accounts, with VIMN estimating that the launch will “significantly increase BET’s audience in France” and result in it reaching 17.6 million households.“We are excited to announce the launch of the BET channel in France. Globally, this launch will increase BET’s global reach to over 125 million households across North America, the Caribbean, the UK, Africa and France,” said Michael Armstrong, VIMN’s executive vice-president and general manager of international brand development.BET Networks chairman and CEO, Debra Lee, said: “We have worked diligently toward this day of bringing BET to France and are excited to deliver our authentic voice that reflects, respects and elevates the diversity of our audiences across the world.”last_img read more


The UK government has committed to retaining the c

first_imgThe UK government has committed to retaining the current Licence Fee model of financing the BBC for the coming 11-year Charter period, while pointing to a number of areas where a subscription model could be trialled, according to the White Paper on the future of the public broadcaster, published today.The government has said it will “modernize the current licence fee system to make it fairer” including closing the ‘iPlayer loophole’, introducing more flexible payment terms for lower income households and enabling the BBC to make its content portable so that UK licence fee payers can access iPlayer while travelling to other EU member states.The changes proposed by the government could include the ability to charge international viewers to watch iPlayer content through user verification.“The government thinks there is a case for iPlayer to require verification – i.e. access should be conditional upon verification of licence fee payment – so that individuals in other countries, and those in the UK not paying the fee, cannot access licence fee funded content for free. The government will discuss verification and other options with the BBC and look at the best way of implementing this, including through regulations if needed. It will be up to the BBC to determine whether this is an appropriate means of charging international viewers,” it said.While rejecting a subscription model , the government said it welcomed “the BBC’s commitment to develop and test some form of additional subscription services during the first part of the next Charter period, and to consider whether elements of subscription could provide a more sustainable funding model in the longer term”.It said subscription would be introduced “for additional services only”, adding that the “BBC may therefore lead further developments, pilots and exploration of elements of subscription in the second part of the Charter period, if justified and required, in order to inform the next Charter Review process and for potential wider roll-out in the next Charter.”The licence fee will be increased in live with inflation for five years from 2017-18.Other key measures in the White Paper, many leaked in advance of publication, include the creation of a unitary board to replace the BBC Governors and the BBC Trust. The BBC will be responsible for appointing “at least half” of the board members.The White Paper also calls for Ofcom to be made the external independent regulator for the BBC, while the National Audit Office will become the BBC’s financial auditor. The remuneration for BBC talent that is paid over £450,000 will be made public.The BBC Executive will set strategy and deliver services, while Ofcom will issue licences and regulator editorial standards as well as regulating commercial activity and market impact and will monitor and review performance.The BBC Trust welcomed the proposals but expressed concern “that in some areas the Government’s proposals to protect the BBC’s independence do not go far enough”. It said it was crucial that the new board should be independent. It said that the chairman and deputy chairman should be appointed by the Government through an independent public appointments process.“This White Paper delivers a mandate for the strong, creative BBC the public believe in,” said BBC director general Tony Hall. A BBC that will be good for the creative industries – and most importantly of all, for Britain.“There has been a big debate about the future of the BBC. Searching questions have been asked about its role and its place in the UK. That’s right and healthy, and I welcome that debate.“At the end, we have an eleven-year Charter, a licence fee guaranteed for eleven years, and an endorsement of the scale and scope of what the BBC does today. The White Paper reaffirms our mission to inform, educate and entertain all audiences on television, on radio and online.”However, the BBC said it is concerned over the plan to increase the NAO’s powers, and how the new unitary board will be formed. The government’s paper suggests 50% of this would be appointed by the broadcaster, with six appointed by politicians.“We recognise that the government has moved, but we need to debate these issues to ensure the arrangements for the board achieve the correct balance of independence, public oversight and operational effectiveness. We believe there is more than enough time to get this right, and we will continue to discuss this with the Government,” said BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead.The NAO replied with a statement, stating: “The NAO has been auditing the BBC for a decade and this proposal would simply mean an extension of our existing work to audit the annual report and accounts and subject the Corporation to greater scrutiny – like any other public body. The BBC on a number of occasions has acknowledged the benefits of our work to shine a light on where it can improve its value for money.”Whittingdale opponents such as Armando Iannucci welcomed the paper, with the Thick of It creator tweeting: “Let’s never go through again 10 or so months of uncertainty and anti-BBC tone that damaged the best TV industry in the world.”last_img read more


Sky has launched a new design for the homepage of

first_imgSky has launched a new design for the homepage of its Sky+ connected TV platform, designed to help customers discover “even more TV to watch”.The update introduces editorial ‘Top Picks’ to the Sky+ Homepage, offering recommendations – based on users’ subscriptions – about the best new programmes, boxsets, sports highlights, kids’ shows and movies.Other new features include a ‘Download next’ function, which automatically downloads the next episode in a boxset when viewers watch a series; and a ‘Continue watching’ tab in the planner that lets users pick up where they left off.“Since the homepage was launched on demand viewing has increased by 209%. That’s why we’re introducing Top Picks, a brand new homepage section, telling our customers about even more fantastic shows, both live and On Demand, recommended by our TV experts,” said Sky’s director of TV and content products, Luke Bradley-Jones.Other changes added in the update are a newly designed ‘Services Homepage’ to help customers to customise the Sky Guide; a ‘Viewing progress bar’ in the Planner showing how much of a programme has been watched; a new Radio tab in the TV Guide. The search tool is also now located at the top of the homepage. The software update is will be available to millions of homes with compatible Sky+HD boxes by the end of August, according to Sky.last_img read more


Liberty Globalowned German cable operator Unityme

first_imgLiberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia is expanding its fibre-to-the-building network by connecting 180 individual homes and apartment complexes in the city of Korntal-Münchingen in Baden-Württemberg.Work on the network expansion will begin in the middle of this year, with the operator spending around €1 million to take its fibre network to around 600 additional households.Civil engineering work for the latest expansion of Unitymedia’s network was carried out by Netze BW in the course of an expansion of the city’s power grid by Energieversorgung Strohgäu GmbH.Joachim Wolf, mayor of Korntal-Münchingen, said he was “very pleased” that residents of the area would be “able to enjoy much higher bandwidth by the end of the year”, thanks to the expansion of the network.last_img read more


Is an appeal to emotion the key to keeping custome

first_imgIs an appeal to emotion the key to keeping customers? Stuart Thomson weighs the arguments at the annual CTAM Europe EuroSummit.Love was in the air at the CTAM Europe EuroSummit in Malta last month.UPC Broadband’s Doron Hacmon kicked off the event by exhorting cable operators that their key focus should be on making their customers fall in love with their service provider. By delivering on emotional touch-points such as “a feeling of home” or “making life simple” cable operators could win the affection and loyalty of their subscribers, rather than their grudging acceptance.What price this love? Hacmon cited examples of products that could command a premium over substitutes that failed to deliver the same emotional connection: BMWs, he said, were more expensive than Audis, despite being essentially the same vehicle; Starbucks could charge a 50% premium on similar cups of milky coffee because their shops delivered a ‘feeling of home’ to customers. Apple Macs and iPhones could command double the price of functional, but unloved, Dell PCs and HTC phones and so on.Cable, he suggested, could repeat the trick by appealing less to self-interested calculation (complex bundled offerings at a discounted price) and more to its ability to cater to customers’ emotional needs (staying at home, eco-consciousness, the desire to connect with others via the web and social media).Other speakers tipped their hats to the love theme at various points throughout the event. Convergys’ Michelle Nowak said that cable operators needed to “look at their consumers as persons” and argued that “the better you serve your customer, the more they like you”. Industry veteran David Hulbert noted that cable operators had never been good at putting themselves in consumers’ shoes and observed that the key to success was to identify (and market to) to two or three things that were most important to those consumers.So, as Tina Turner asked, what’s love got to do with it? In response to Hacmon’s presentation, those of a Gradgrind-ish persuasion might ask how this ‘love’ can be measured. They may, after musing further, come up with something along the lines of: “love can’t be measured, but churn can”.If by ‘love’ we actually mean ‘marketing’ (in its totality), this might give a better sense of what cable operators need to do. This means, above all, attention to detail, responding to customers’ complaints swiftly, and delivering services flexibly in a way that meets the needs of those customers. However, cable operators know all this. It’s a version of a refrain (“We need to do more about customer care”) heard at every cable conference since time immemorial. There is nothing new in industry executives and observers noting cable’s less than perfect record in delivering customer care and its historical focus on technology and infrastructure rather than marketing.The fact is that organisations can take a very long time to turn around. It’s no doubt more straightforward (if not actually easy) to design a beautiful, functional piece of consumer hardware that people will fall in ‘love’ with – whether it’s an iPad or a BMW – than to build a service-based business that delivers to customers smoothly and perfectly, day in, day out.Hacmon’s admonition to operators to take a lesson in love nevertheless speaks to the shortening window of time that operators have to smarten up their act. To stretch the metaphor a bit further, relationships are harder work than they used to be, in the days when consumers were more or less wedded to one TV provider till death did they part. They’re increasingly fickle these days, with a wandering eye for every flashy over-the-top newcomer on the video distribution scene, and more demanding, with an insistence on getting more back, maybe by asking for all content to be made available on those beloved iPads as well as on HD flatscreens TVs. If the cable operator’s ideal relationship with its customer is a monogamous one, operators are going to have to work a lot harder to earn and keep that love.last_img read more


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first_img ALANA TAYLORBANKS OF THE FOYLE CARNIVALCEO NIALL GIBBONSDERRY TO FEATURE IN TOURISM IRELAND £7M WORLDWIDE PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGNMCE PUBLIC RELATIONSTOURISM IRELANDYEAR OF FOOD AND DRINK ShareTweet Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The latest NISRA figures indicate that overseas visitors to the North of Ireland increased by +8% in the first quarter of 2016, over the same three-month period last year.“And I am pleased to report that sentiment from our tourism partners overseas (including tour operators and carriers), as well as our industry partners (including hoteliers and visitors attractions), indicates that growth from overseas has continued into the high summer season.“Our autumn campaign aims to take advantage of late booking trends in our markets around the world, as there is still plenty of business to play for. Many people are opting for shorter holiday breaks and autumn is a good opportunity, with many world-class festivals and events happening here.”Mr Gibbons added: “Tourism Ireland’s publicity drive continues this autumn, targeting print, broadcast and online media around the world, with lots of positive stories about Northern Ireland – including the fantastic news that Titanic Belfast was named Europe’s leading visitor attraction at the World Travel Awards last weekend. Pictured are Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; Emma Gorman, Tourism Ireland; and Brian Ambrose, Chairman of Tourism Ireland, at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s autumn campaign in which Derry will feature prominently as a tourist destinationIT is the highlight of Derry’s entertainment calendar as thousands flock to the city.Now the city’s Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival will feature in a £7 million Tourism Ireland promotional campaign to boost late-season travel to the North of Ireland from around the world.The September to December period usually yields as much as 30% of our annual overseas tourism business.The campaign will highlight the many festivals and events taking place around across the Northern this autumn and winter.Tourism Ireland will also promote the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, due to open at the end of September, to its important ‘culturally curious’ audience. “We will promote the North of Ireland through our sales missions to the Middle East, India, Australia and New Zealand.“We will continue to highlight our Year of Food and Drink – with lots of great promotions in the pipeline between now and the end of 2016.“We will join forces with Ryanair to maximise the introduction of its new flights from Berlin and Milan to Belfast.“We will also continue to build awareness of the North as a top business tourism destination.“In addition, Tourism Ireland will bring top overseas tour operators to here this autumn, to meet with local tourism businesses and negotiate inclusion in their 2017 brochures and programmes.”The campaign – which is being rolled out in Great Britain, North America, Mainland Europe, Australia and emerging markets – will incorporate a major focus on city breaks, as well as on attracting visitors to more rural areas over the coming months.Highlights of the activity include co-operative promotions with Ryanair, Flybe, Aer Lingus, Visit Belfast, P&O and Stena Line, highlighting great fares and autumn breaks in Derry and Belfast; extensive online advertising; as well as a busy programme of digital, PR and social media activity.Other highlights from the campaign:Video blogger Kerryann Dunlop will film in Londonderry, for Jamie Oliver’s hugely popular Food Tube channel, highlighting the city and Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink to hundreds of thousands of  ‘foodies’.Forty influential UK inbound tour operators will attend a ‘Discover Northern Ireland’ workshop in Galgorm Resort & Spa.Northern Ireland will be ‘on the menu’ at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham; and top GB food journalists will also be invited to attend the BBC Good Food Show in Belfast.Tourism Ireland will work with Ryanair to maximise the promotion of its new flights from Berlin and Milan to Belfast.Tourism Ireland will once again have a presence at the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Atlanta, in October – targeting the Scots-Irish and Ulster Scots market and helping to ensure Northern Ireland is high on the vacation ‘wish-list’ of Americans for 2017.Digital campaigns will run for ten weeks in the United States, reaching about 100 million people in our ‘culturally curious’ and ‘social energiser’ audiences.Hitting the road: Tourism Ireland’s ‘Jump into Ireland’ travel trade and media blitz will take in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle; and sales missions to the Middle East, India, New Zealand and Australia will also take place.‘Flavours of Ireland’ workshop, will target long-haul markets through UK inbound tour operators.World Travel Market takes place again in London, the largest B2B event in the global travel and tourism calendar.DERRY TO FEATURE IN TOURISM IRELAND £7M WORLDWIDE PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN was last modified: September 9th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more