first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img ErrorOK ErrorOKThere was no immediate indication of who was behind the Friday attack, although both opponents and supporters of Syria’s government have routinely engaged in acts of electronic sabotage.One loyalist group, the Syrian Electronic Army, recently promised a wave of attacks against what it described as “fake revolution” websites.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation LONDON (AP) – The Reuters news agency says that one of its websites was hacked into and used to disseminate fake stories about Syria’s rebel movement.Thomson Reuters said its “blogging platform was compromised and fabricated blog posts were falsely attributed to several Reuters journalists.”One of bogus blog posts claimed that rebels had acquired chemical weapons from Libya and were preparing to smuggle them into Syria.last_img read more

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first_imgThis year may be the 99th anniversary since the RMS Titanic sank travelling from England to New York but cities are already preparing memorials to mark the centenary of the passenger liner’s ill-fated maiden voyage. Officially going underwater at 2.20 am on 15 April 1912 after striking an iceberg, cruise company Titanic Memorial Cruise has prepared two historic cruises to depart from New York City on 10 April next year to follow the path set out for the Titanic and sail over her final resting place on the 15 April exactly 100 years later.  Both eight-night cruises will include Titanic facts and information lectures as it retraces the original path, Easier reported. “Our original Titanic anniversary cruise departing from Southampton aboard Balmoral sold out last Autumn to over 1,300 people from 24 countries so we have people flying from all over the world to be part of it,” Titanic Memorial Cruise managing director Miles Morgan said.“Many passengers either had relatives on the Titanic, or have a lifelong fascination with the story.”Up in Northern Ireland, the city of Halifax is preparing a three day conference as well as a 10 day festival to mark the centenary.The city was selected because it houses three burial sites for up to 150 bodies recovered from the sinkage, it was the location for parts of James Cameron’s Titanic film and was also the birth place of Samuel Cunard whose Cunard Line owned the passenger liner, organisers of the event told local media.The three day conference will offer lectures from experts on the subject in early April, while the ten day festival will include the unveiling of a new monument, concerts, tours of Titanic sites as well as a candlelight service. Meanwhile, the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, London will open its doors to a new exhibition that will feature the only known surviving Titanic First Class ticket, Artdaily.org reported.The ticket was purchased by Reverend Stuart Holden, who was forced to cancel his trip after his wife became ill the morning of the Titanic’s departure.The Reverend had framed the ticket and mounted it above his desk until his death in the 1930s.The exhibition will also feature letters from passengers and photos from crew and survivors, postcards from passengers and crew, items from the wreckage as well as links between Liverpool city and the ship.“Titanic was built as a result of Liverpool ’s leading position as a major world port,” exhibition curator Alan Scarth said.  “The city and its people are at the heart of the story.” Do you know of any other memorials planned to mark the centenary of the Titanic and its passengers? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_img Categories: News 20Feb Bills protect firearms owner privacy Firearms owners’ private information would be shielded from Freedom of Information Act requests under legislation currently being considered in the Michigan House.State Rep. Ed McBroom was among six legislators giving testimony today to the House Judiciary Committee on House Bills 4155 and 5324-5329. McBroom is the sponsor of HB 5326, which addresses bar or tavern owners and employees with concealed pistols on the premises, as well as adding National Guard and armed forces reserves members to the license exemption list.“Exempting firearms records from the FOIA rules protects gun owners from criminals looking to steal, as well as from potential harassment of their Second Amendment rights,” said McBroom, R-Vulcan. “So many other forms of private information are protected in this day and age of identity theft concerns that eliminating these records as a possible source is a way to support law-abiding citizens by ensuring their privacy and safety.”The testimony today included instances in states, such as New York, that have allowed private information contained in these firearm registries to be published, which put gun owners and the public at risk.The bills remain under consideration by the House committee.last_img read more

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first_img17Jun Rep. Kelly invites residents to local office hours State Rep. Tim Kelly invites residents of the 94th House District to attend his office hours this month on Friday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 30.“It is always a pleasure to meet personally with my constituents,” said Rep. Kelly, R-Saginaw Township. “I look forward to working closely with residents on state issues and addressing any questions or concerns they may have.”All residents are invited to join Rep. Kelly at the following times and locations:Friday, June 26Thomas Township Public Safety Building8215 Shields Drive in Saginaw11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Tuesday, June 30Albee Township Community Center10645 East Road in Burt11 a.m. – noonNo appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Kelly by phone at (517) 373-0837, or via email at TimKelly@house.mi.gov. Categories: Kelly Newslast_img read more

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first_img08Feb Rep. Kelly appreciates call for more educational funding Categories: Kelly News,News A significant increase in state funding toward key education programs was exactly what Rep. Tim Kelly wanted to hear during Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017-18 budget proposal today.“The governor wants us to set the bar higher for education – both in terms of classroom results and funding – and I agree with him,” said Kelly, of Saginaw Township. “His proposal has us decreasing the funding gaps between districts, with the goal of equal and fair school aid. We’ve also heard about more specific details, such as increasing financial support for high school and at-risk programs. Hopefully, that will show to students and their families that our state is dedicated to Michigan’s future as much as their own.”Rep. Kelly will play a key role in the education funding process, having recently named as the chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid/Michigan Department of Education.“We’ll have our work cut out for us during a review of our educational funding,” Kelly said. “It’s no secret that I want to increase our resources to classrooms, while also expand on our vocational programs in schools. Education and job training are both key pieces to our state’s future.”#####last_img read more

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first_img Categories: Hauck News 08Feb Rep. Hauck: New legislation invests more in local veterans services Grant program will help maintain county officesState Rep. Roger Hauck, of Union Township, co-sponsored legislation introduced today providing financial incentive to encourage Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices.Currently, 11 counties do not have a local veteran support department and many others are understaffed.“Veterans sacrifice a tremendous amount while working hard to earn each and every one of the benefits they’re afforded,” Hauck said. “Unfortunately, the system is confusing and many military families aren’t aware of all of the benefits to which they’re entitled. We need to make sure they have easy access to well-trained individuals who can help them navigate the system.”Under the bill, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies the requirements outlined in the bill will be eligible to receive a $25,000 grant, plus additional funding based on the number of veterans in the county.In order to receive funds a county must:Maintain a county veteran service office;Have an accredited veterans benefit claims employee on staff;Provide at least 20 hours of service each month assisting veterans;Maintain the previous year’s county funding level for the veteran service office;Report to the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Legislature regarding the amount of claims completed throughout the year.House Bill 5536 was referred to the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.###last_img read more

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first_imgIncreases criminal penalties for mandatory reporters, such as coaches and athletic trainers, who fail to report child abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse.The legislation is inspired by the recent sexual assault allegations against former physician Larry Nassar, who has been sentenced to up 175 years in federal and state prison for his crimes against more than 200 victims. Also attending Monday’s press conference were several of Nassar’s victims.“This legislation is absolutely necessary to protect everyone from sexual abuse in Michigan,” Cox said. “A predator’s pattern of assault often spans decades.  We must strive to better serve the victims in our state–from the young women involved in the case of Dr. Nassar to prosecutions arising from backlogged rape kits in Detroit.” Categories: Cox News,News Multi-bill package introduced in response to recent Nassar scandalState Rep. Laura Cox, of Livonia, unveiled legislation Monday that allows Michigan’s prosecutors and courts to introduce and consider relevant information and evidence involving an individual’s prior acts of sexual-based offenses in criminal cases, regardless of the age of the victim.The bill is part of a 10-bill legislative package announced Monday during a press conference at the state Capitol to protect Michigan’s children and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.“Michigan must allow courts and juries to properly take into consideration a suspect’s history of sexual assault as we work to take these dangerous predators off our streets,” Cox said. “Currently, in cases involving sexual offenses against minors, courts are permitted to consider evidence that a suspect may have committed a previous sexual offense for any relevant purpose.This legislation would close a gap in the law and allow courts to consider evidence of prior sexual offenses for any relevant purpose regardless of whether the victim is a minor or an adult.”The legislative package:Expands the criminal statute of limitations to enable prosecutors to hold offenders accountable;Increases criminal penalties and expands definitions related to the possession of child sexually abusive material;Ends immunity for abusers and enablers of abuse;Preserves anonymity for survivors in civil lawsuits;Expands the civil statute of limitations for survivors;center_img 27Feb Rep. Cox announces bill to better protect sexual abuse victimslast_img read more

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first_img29May Rep. Howrylak bill protects taxpayers by restraining county commissioner salaries A proposal introduced this week by state Representative Martin Howrylak will provide county officer compensation commissions with needed parameters and will help to protect taxpayers from being burdened with unnecessarily escalating costs.County boards of commissioners in Michigan are responsible for setting compensation levels for county elected officials. Many counties have established compensation commissions. The commissions were established to remove the conflict of interest that was created when board members were charged directly with setting their own compensation. The compensation commissions consist of seven registered voters appointed by a board chair with approval of the entire board.Under Howrylak’s plan, a compensation commission cannot provide or approve compensation for a county commissioner that is greater than 25 percent of the base salary of a state legislator.“This bill benefits taxpayers,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “It helps to better align the limits of county commissioners’ compensation to amount of work required of the positions.”House Bill 6089 has been referred to the House Local Government Committee for consideration. Categories: Howrylak News,Newslast_img read more

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first_img Categories: News 09May Rep. LaFave’s vote extends landmark car insurance rate reforms to U.P. drivers House approves historic proposal after decades of failureThe Michigan House today approved a landmark plan to fix our state’s disastrous car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, state Rep. Beau LaFave announced.LaFave voted in favor of the plan to offer drivers personal injury protection (PIP) coverage options, rein in medical costs, and fight fraud – features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state with the costliest car insurance rates in the nation.“This historic reform has been over 45 years in the making, and I’m honored to deliver real rate savings to the people who deserve it the most – Michigan drivers,” LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said after the vote. “When you look at our neighbors in Wisconsin who pay less than half of what we do for car insurance, you’ve got yourself a $1,000 problem that affects every motorist. Many of our youth have left to escape nation-high car insurance premiums, and it has ripped families apart. Finally, they can come back home. I’m happy to deliver results to all Upper Peninsula families sick and tired of the exorbitant costs.”LaFave has been a lead advocate for reforms his entire legislative career, and is also a member of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates Committee – the special panel solely dedicated to crafting a long-lasting solution that cuts down drivers’ rates.Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. House Bill 4397 allows people to continue to buy unlimited coverage if they wish– while also providing more affordable options.The plan:Guarantees lower rates on the personal injury protection portion of policies. It would result in a 100-percent reduction for drivers that opt out of PIP coverage, an 80-percent drop at the $50,000 coverage level, a 60-percent reduction for those purchasing $250,000 in coverage, a 30-percent drop for drivers choosing $500,000 in coverage, and a 10-percent reduction for those buying unlimited coverage;Gives drivers a choice on car insurance policies;Stops price gouging on medical services for car accident victims; andCombats fraudulent claims to help lower costsThe sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beau LaFave address the full House body on Thursday in favor a House plan to bring relief to Michigan drivers through lower car insurance rates.last_img read more

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first_img08Jun New Whitmer commission wastes time, money, LaFave says Categories: LaFave News State Rep. Beau LaFave today said he was disappointed in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to squander more taxpayer dollars on Line 5 studies, rather than continue negotiations to reach a deal with Enbridge.“I am deeply disappointed that in addition to wasting precious time during peak construction season when significant progress could be made getting Line 5 off the Straits’ floor and safely into a tunnel underground, Gov. Whitmer now sees fit to waste taxpayer dollars on a sham closed-door commission that will undoubtedly be packed with her own political allies,” said LaFave. “A study of this exact issue was already conducted in 2017 that showed an energy pipeline underground is the safest—I repeat, safest—and cheapest way to deliver the energy resources all Michiganders are counting on, whether it’s to heat their homes or to transport and produce the commodities they use every day.”The study, conducted by Dynamic Risk, evaluated six possible alternatives to the current Line 5 and ultimately concluded that housing the tunnel 100 feet below the floor of the Straits inside a utility tunnel was the safest option.“The governor can’t simply toss out facts she doesn’t happen to like,” LaFave added. “Other methods, like trucking, would put the stress of 2,150 additional tanker trucks on our roads. In addition to denial of these realities, a commission unilaterally controlled by the governor’s office is completely lacking in transparency.”LaFave noted he has asked the governor for a meeting for months, and she has refused to meet.LaFave also said he was disappointed in Whitmer’s failure to offer decisive leadership on the issue when Whitmer walked away from negotiations earlier this week.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 2, 2015; Washington PostThe economy may be recovering from a recession and taxpayer revenue is on the rise. However, the cuts to higher education that state governments made when budgets were tighter than ever have not been restored. Arizona comes in as the state that has made the most cuts to higher education, and while annual tuition at four-year public colleges has grown by 28 percent, the tuition at a four-year public school in Arizona has increased by more than 80 percent. Alaska and North Dakota are the only two states not spending less per student than before the recession occurred.This leaves students attending public universities with higher tuition bills and more debt. The Washington Post observes, “Total student debt now surpasses $1 trillion and is growing by the day. For the first time ever, according to a recent study, families are shouldering more of the cost of public university tuition than state governments.” This is coming at a time when more and more students are enrolling full-time to increase their value in a diminishing job market. (One has to wonder how this affects those students who rely on grants and scholarships, since “federal Pell grants for low-income students now cover just over a third of college costs.”)One tactic being tried by universities attempting to make up the deficit caused by a reduced percentage of state funds going toward higher education is focusing on out-of-state students, who pay more than in-state students. This, however, handicaps low-income students even further, as “many schools offer merit-based aid to attract non-residents, rather than directing money to the neediest students.”In an October 2014 NPQ article, it was explained that “despite the growing need for increased education and advanced degrees to secure jobs, only 59 percent of students who begin college as freshman at a four-year college receive their diploma within six years. Students who come from low-income backgrounds are even less likely to graduate—if they even begin at all.”Many low-income students, or students who need to work while receiving higher education, choose to attend community colleges. The problem, according to a December 2014 NPQ newswire, is that community colleges tend to have very small endowments and rely heavily on government funding. Given that the price of university tuition has increased substantially and community college tuition has barely increased one dollar, more students are turning to community colleges for higher education. With this increased demand comes the necessity of colleges to make a decision: Increase class sizes, or increase tuition?President Obama claims that in the next few years, the number of jobs requiring at least an associate degree are projected to increase twice as fast as those that do not require college courses. His solution, as NPQ reported in January 2015, is to provide free tuition for two years of community college. The expense of this initiative would be six billion dollars, with the federal government covering three-quarters of the cost and each state required to cover the remaining amount.As the economy continues its upturn, it will be increasingly necessary for the government, as well as colleges and universities, to look closely at tuition costs versus the current job market for future students.—Erin LambShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare21TweetShareEmail21 SharesBy Alfredo Borba (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJuly 25, 2016; Independent Catholic NewsOn World Youth Day, celebrated this year in Krakow, Poland, an open letter signed by over 120 youth groups was delivered to Pope Francis, asking that he urge Catholic organizations of all kinds to divest from fossil fuels while continuing his own efforts to divest the Vatican. In Laudato Si’, as readers may remember, Pope Francis powerfully acknowledged: “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels needs to be progressively replaced without delay” and this acknowledgement has seemed to be taken to heart by American Catholics, as has recently been recorded by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.Since the pope’s encyclical, Thea Ormerod, the president of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, has found her role in encouraging Catholic religious organizations to divest publicly has become much easier. “[The pope] saying our need to move away from fossil fuels is urgent—that’s quite powerful. Sometimes parishioners have been told by the parish priest, ‘No, that’s too political—it’s not aligned with Catholic values.’ No priest can say that now.”Four orders of Australian Catholics declared their intentions to divest back in June. The four orders are: Marist Sisters Australia; Presentation Congregation Queensland; Presentation Sisters Wagga Wagga; and the Passionists—Holy Spirit Province Australia, NZ, PNG and Vietnam. Father Thomas McDonough from the Passionists said his congregation had long understood their need to be “ecologically responsible.”Pope Francis, in his Laudato Si’, crystallised for us the level of responsibility we need to take as a congregation—the urgency for action ever more apparent. So we trustees of the Passionists took the decision to begin diverting our investments from fossil fuel extractive industries and into renewable energy. We believe the Gospel asks no less of us.It’s true that some very large Catholic organizations around the globe have millions of dollars invested in fossil fuel companies. However, institutions like Georgetown University, the University of Dayton, Trócaire, and the Franciscan Sisters of Mary have already committed to divest, joining approximately 530 institutions with a collective $3.4 trillion in funds under management. They include the World Council of Churches, the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Stanford and Oxford Universities.—Ruth McCambridgeShare21TweetShareEmail21 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgTV technology company Red Bee Media has hired former ProSiebenSat.1 executive Patrick Tillieux as its new chief executive following the departure of Bill Patrizio.Tillieux will be charge of the management and strategic direction of Red Bee Media’s technology business, working with broadcasters and rights holders. He will be based in the UK and will report to Michael Cook, chairman of the board.Tillieux, who was most recently an advisor to a number of private equity firms, was previously chief operating officer and the German broadcast group.Cook said: “Patrick’s appointment comes at a very exciting time for Red Bee Media. His extensive knowledge and experience of the global media industry will be an invaluable asset as we seek out new opportunities for expansion and help our clients to maximise the opportunities afforded by the collision of broadcasting and broadband. We are delighted to have Patrick on board and believe that he is the ideal candidate to lead Red Bee Media into the next phase of its growth and ensure that the company remains at the very forefront of media technology, creativity and innovation.”last_img read more

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first_imgConsumer electronics accessory manufacturer Hama and smart TV specialist Foxxum have team up to strengthen their position in the international smart TV business.Foxxum will be responsible for the development of a smart TV portal solution and for support and marketing. Hama, which produces a wide range of accessories for multimedia products, photographic equipment, consumer electronics and telecommunications equipment, will enhance its multimedia offerings with smart TV and over-the-the top solutions and get its product lines ready for the next generation of TVs, according to the pair.“Smart TV offerings are the perfect accessory for the future of our multimedia devices. Foxxum is one of the main pioneers in the Smart TV technology sector, which combined with their professionalism and strong experience in the field make them perfectly qualified to advise us as to the commercial marketing of the Smart TV portal solution. We are confident that by efficiently combining the strengths of our two firms, we will create excellent new accessory products that will allow us to exploit new, lucrative revenue possibilities,” said Hama’s senior product manager Armin Walter.last_img read more

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first_imgIndustry veterans Harry E. Sloan and Jeff Sagansky are launching a new company, Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp, on the back of a US$250 million (€145 million) initial public offering.The pair has formed the company two years after they raised US$190 million for their Global Eagle Acquisition imprint, which is sponsoring the new venture.The IPO comprises an offer of 25 million shares at US$10 per share, with underwriters given a 45-day option to purchase up to 3.75 million more.Each unit will consists of common unit of common stock and one warrant to purchase one half of one share of common stock for US$5.75.New York-based Deutsche Bank Securities is acting as sole book runner.The cash will primarily be used to acquire companies in the media and entertainment businesses.Former MGM chairman Sloan (above) and former CBS president Sagansky’s Global Eagle has made investments such as acquiring in-flight entertainment firms Row 44 and Advanced Inflight Alliance for a combined total of around US$430 million. Global Eagle rebranded as Global Entertainment following the deals.last_img read more

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first_imgAfghanistan has struck a strategic partnership with satellite operator Eutelsat to provide capacity for digitial services in the country.The Afghan ministiry of communications and information technology has signed a memorandum of understanding with Eutelsat under which the latter will deploy a satellite from next month to 48° East to deliver national coverage as well as a reach extending across central Asia and the Middle East.The satellite, Afghansat 1, will support services including broadcasting, mobile telephony backhaul and IP connectivity.The agreement also calls for exploration of opportunities for longer terms cooperation.“Afghansat 1 is a new milestone in the development of the ICT sector in Afghanistan, which in the last 12 years has already seen mobile telephony coverage of 88% and penetration grow from zero to 75% through the licensing of six operators, ICT sector employment provided for more than 138,000 people and more than US$2.1 billion (€1.54 billion) invested in the national economy,” said Amrizai Sangin, Afghanistan’s minister of communications and information technology. “We are very happy to partner with Eutelsat on Afghansat 1 which will provide access to ICT and broadcast services to Afghans, especially in unserved areas, and support our vision of transforming Afghanistan into an information society.”last_img read more

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first_imgStateside reports claim The Walt Disney Company is in talks to buy YouTube channel operator Maker Studios for around US$500 million.PewDiePieMaker, which is a founding partner of the upcoming MIP Digital Fronts, operates ultra-successful YouTube channels such as PewDiePie), currently the web video platform’s most subscribed net.Overall, Maker claims to get 5.5 billion video views a month, mainly from YouTube. Its executive chairman is Ynon Kreiz, the former Endemol CEO.Media blog Re/code first reported yesterday Disney is looking to make the operator its biggest bet on digital video, according to people familiar with the talks.Time Warner is already an investor in Maker through its venture capital division, which lead a US$36 million funding round two years ago.Numerous other traditional TV companies are circling YouTube channel operators, with Time Warner-owned Warner Bros. officially announcing a US$18 million investment in Machinima this week, and DreamWorks Animation paying an initial US$33 million to buy AwesomenessTV last year.last_img read more

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first_imgTelefónica saw its global TV subscriber base grow by almost half last year to over five million. The telco saw TV numbers over all the territories in which it operates grow by 48% in organic terms to reach 5.1 million.The figure compares with 17.7 global broadband subs, up 138,000 in the course of the year. Fibre broadband homes numbered 1.8 million in December up two and a half times over the course of the year.In Spain, Telefónica had 1.9 million TV subscribers, a threefold increase on the 2013 figure. The 2014 figure included the addition of 131,000 ‘TV Mini’ customers in the second quarter. Multi-play penetration increased, with Movistar Fusión offers attracting 3.7 million homes, up 27%. However, overall fixed access revenue generating units dipped by 1% to 41.2 million due to the disconnection of inactive mobile subscribers.Elsewhere, Telefónica saw pay TV numbers in Brazil rise by 20% to 770,000, while TV numbers from Telefónica Hispanoamérica – covering Spanish-speaking America – grew by 14% to 2.4 million.Fibre, mobile contract and pay TV now form the three main pillars of Telefónica’s strategy, helping it to consolidate its position in Spain.Overall, full year revenue amounted to €50.4 billion, while operating income was €15.5 billion.last_img read more

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first_imgBT Sport will air the 2017/18 Australia vs England Ashes tournament as part of a new five-year agreement with Cricket Australia.The deal will see BT take the broadcast rights the 2017/18 Ashes away from Sky, and also gives BT the rights to show all Australian home cricket internationals live in the UK, from 2016 to 2021.The agreement covers all Australian Test Matches, One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals played in Australia, including the five-match Ashes Test Series against rivals England in 2017/18.“BT Sport put forward a highly compelling bid for the rights to broadcast cricket from Australia to audiences throughout the United Kingdom. They are uniquely placed to become one of the UK’s largest sports channels and we think cricket can provide the content and opportunities to help them do just that,” said Cricket Australia executive general manager of media, communications and marketing, Ben Amarfio.Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though the Daily Mail reported that BT is believed to be paying £16 million per-year, or £80 million in total, for the Australian cricket rights.Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport, said: “BT Sport is delighted to be adding international cricket to its line-up, and to be the new home of the next Ashes tour in Australia. We will show live domestic games featuring the best players in the world during the Big Bash League and all Australian home matches for the next five years.”last_img read more

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first_imgTV app specialist Accedo has announced its next generation multiscreen solution, Accedo VIA.Accedo VIA enables full-featured multiscreen services and a fast time-to-market across all major OTT device platforms, according to the firm.The core VIA applications will be accompanied by two new offerings: Accedo VIA Development Kit, and Accedo VIA Go.The development kit is designed to make building multiscreen OTT offerings a “streamlined and well-defined process” and includes a number of prebuilt modules and frameworks, designed to increase quality levels and development velocity.Accedo VIA Go is designed to package Accedo’s TV application experience in a “configuration–driven end-to-end solution with an attractive OPEX business model and upgrade path.”The Go solution has a UX designed for a new generation of video services and is powered by the application configuration and management platform, Accedo AppGrid. It was designed to offer a high level of editorial or automated flexibility in applications and web services.“With the increasing demands from the multiscreen consumer, we believe that continued innovation and experimentation will be vital for long term success. We’re excited about adding these new products to our multiscreen line-up to enable our customers to more easily tap into Accedo’s knowledge and innovation roadmap,” said Accedo CEO, Michael Lantz.Accedo will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.E14last_img read more

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