An Argentine judge on Thursday dismissed the case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center.Prosecutors had sought to relaunch the case against Kirchner that was being brought by their late colleague Alberto Nisman, who died mysteriously last month after accusing Kirchner of protecting Iranians suspected of ordering the attack, which killed 85 people.Judge Daniel Rafecas rejected the new case brought by prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita, whose team took over the file from Nisman and formally renewed his accusations.“I dismiss the case because no crime was committed,” Rafecas said.The long-unsolved bombing at the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association also left 300 people wounded.Nisman, who was appointed to re-open the case, was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head in his bathroom on Jan. 18, four days after filing a report accusing Iran of ordering the attack via Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.He accused Kirchner, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and other figures close to the government of trying to shield Iranian officials from prosecution in exchange for oil and other trade benefits.Nisman died on the eve of congressional hearings where he was due to present his case against Kirchner.Since his death, initially labeled a suicide, suspicion has fallen on Kirchner’s government of orchestrating his murder.The president has suggested the prosecutor was manipulated by disgruntled former intelligence agents who then killed him to smear her.Sweeping intelligence reformKirchner has clashed with the intelligence establishment, sacking the top officials at Argentina’s Intelligence Secretariat (SI) and introducing legislation to disband it.The bill passed the Chamber of Deputies early Thursday by a vote of 131 to 71, clearing its final hurdle in a congress where Kirchner enjoys a solid majority.It dissolves the SI and replaces it with a body called the Federal Intelligence Agency.Kirchner had argued the SI still operated with agents and methods dating back to Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship.The intelligence services had already been ensnared in a scandal involving wiretaps carried out to extort judges, prosecutors and other powerful figures.One of the law’s most controversial changes is to put the country’s solicitor general, who answers to Kirchner, in charge of the office responsible for carrying out telephone wiretaps.Pro-Kirchner deputy Diana Conti said the new law would end a “conspiracy between the agents and the judiciary,” by placing wiretaps “totally” under the executive and the judiciary.Nisman had based his accusations against Kirchner and her foreign minister on hundreds of hours of wiretaps.After Nisman raised suspicions about the president, the government turned the spotlight on Antonio Stiuso, who had been sacked as IS operations chief in December.Kirchner has accused Stiuso of feeding false information to Nisman, and suggested that he then had the prosecutor killed to smear her.On Tuesday, the government accused him of running a smuggling ring and committing tax fraud.Opposition parties had been demanding a reform of the spy agency, but criticized the new law as a move by Kirchner to shift attention away from the Nisman case. Facebook Comments Related posts:Argentina appeal revives cover-up case against president Prosecutor who accused Argentine president is found dead Pro-market Macri likely new president of Argentina: exit polls Argentina announces end of forex restrictions
The 65-year-old had studied under the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama — who Beijing considers a separatist — in the 1980s and been recognized by him as a reincarnated lama.The official Xinhua News Agency reported late Saturday that a prison guard had found Tenzin Delek suffering from respiratory failure about two hours after the monk began to take his usual nap on July 12. Prison doctors gave him emergency treatment and he was taken to a hospital and declared dead after further treatment.Last year, the monk’s family had applied for medical parole for him on the grounds that he suffered from a heart condition, high blood pressure, dizzy spells and problems with his legs that had caused him to fall down frequently.Xinhua said that prisoners serving life sentences are not allowed medical parole.His body was cremated on Thursday in Chengdu city in Sichuan province, where he had been held for the last 13 years. A Tibetan rights group, the New York-based Students for a Free Tibet, said around 30 Tibetans from his immediate family and students were allowed to see the body before the cremation and perform a short prayer. They had wanted to perform Tibetan Buddhist funeral rites on his body in Lithang, his hometown in a Tibetan area of Sichuan. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Top Stories Quick workouts for men Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BEIJING (AP) — The cause of death of a Tibetan lama who was serving a life sentence in a Chinese prison was cardiac arrest, according to state media.Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died 13 years into a sentence on charges of financing and supporting a series of terrorist bombings and secession activities. His supporters say the charges were trumped up, and his family had complained last week it had been denied access to his death certificate and medical records. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
December 21, 2012 449 Views What does the commercial real estate sector have to look forward to in the coming year? Not much, if the fiscal cliff isn’t averted, according to a “”study””:http://www.cassidyturley.com/Portals/0/Research/Fiscal%20Cliff%20Report.pdf from commercial real estate (CRE) services provider “”Cassidy Turley””:http://www.cassidyturley.com/.[IMAGE]””Going over the fiscal cliff, and continuing to free-fall is an unlikely scenario, but from a real estate perspective, it’s potentially a devastating scenario,”” said Kevin Thorpe, Cassidy Turley’s chief economist.The firm’s baseline scenario assumes lawmakers will agree on a stopgap measure in late December or early January before the economy can take any serious damage. That measure will likely extend the Bush-era tax cuts (for some) and resume similar spending levels for a few months while lawmakers hash out a budget.Having said that, the firm projects a return to recession in 23 out of the 30 metros tracked for its study if the tax hikes and spending cuts aren’t scaled back.[COLUMN_BREAK]The biggest impact on the commercial real estate market would come from spending cuts for government contractors. “”Government contractors are a major tenant in many office markets across the country,”” Thorpe said. “”Sequestration is essentially an immediate 9 percent drop in revenues for the government contracting world. Contractors would invariably need to cut staff, which would create numerous holes in many real estate markets.”” According to Cassidy Turley’s study, the top 100 government contractors occupy a combined total of about 208 million square feet of office space in the United States. Under the sequestration scenario, those contractors would potentially shed 18.7 million square feet of office space as the government scales back spending on projects.While dropping over the fiscal cliff would likely cause some serious problems for CRE, the firm also predicts a successful resolution of the problem could build on 2012’s gains in GDP and employment, propelling the economy (and the office market) further forward. “”There is a positive script buried in here,”” Thorpe noted. “”If lawmakers can work it out, the U.S. economy appears poised to take the recovery the rest of the way. Real GDP of 2.5 percent for 2013 is attainable, and 3 percent or 4 percent in 2014 is not a stretch given the latest trends in the U.S. economy. Against such a backdrop, demand for office space could be 30 percent to 40 percent higher than it has been throughout this recovery. We just need policymakers to get it done.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Commercial Real Estate GDP Investors Lenders & Servicers Politics Service Providers 2012-12-21 Tory Barringer Cassidy Turley Warns of Fiscal Cliff’s Impact on CRE Share
Categories: Hauck News Plan ends policy requiring all 17-year-olds be treated as adults in courtState Rep. Roger Hauck (R-Union Township) testifies in support of his “Raise the Age” legislation today before the House Judiciary Committee. He is joined by Rep. Leslie Love (D-Detroit), who also sponsored part of the bipartisan plan.State Rep. Roger Hauck testified before the House Judiciary Committee today in support of his plan to improve the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system.Hauck, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of his colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who commit the most minor offenses. He said eliminating this outdated practice will help rehabilitate young offenders and reduce the likelihood of them breaking the law again in the future.“Michigan began charging 17-year-olds as adults in 1912, the year the Titanic sank. I think we can all agree that a lot has changed since then, especially our knowledge of human development and behavior,” said Hauck, of Union Township. “The bottom line is, sending 17-year-olds into the adult prison system is harmful. Giving them access to age-appropriate rehabilitation services is safer and more constructive.”The proposal would raise the age at which individuals are considered adults for the purposes of prosecuting and adjudicating criminal offenses, allowing 17-year-olds to be treated as minors within the juvenile system in most circumstances. Prosecutors will continue to have some discretion, allowing them to waive minors who commit violent crimes into the adult system when appropriate.The plan also establishes a funding mechanism to help local counties deal with the initial costs from the uptick of juvenile offenders in the system.“In the long run, the state will save taxpayer dollars under this policy,” Hauck said. “It just makes sense to invest some of those savings into the juvenile system up front.”Including 17-year-olds in the juvenile system has been shown to reduce reoffending by 34 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control.“Countless studies have shown that putting juveniles in adult prison increases the odds they will break the law again in the future,” Hauck said. “We will save public tax dollars and produce better outcomes by raising the age for juvenile justice in Michigan.”House Bills 4133-46 remain under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee.### 09Apr Rep. Hauck: ‘Raise the Age’ reforms would help put teens on the right path
Share1Tweet1ShareEmail2 Shares June 3, 2014; LinkedIn SlideshareThis isn’t an infographic of exclusive interest to nonprofits, but it probably should be on their radar. LinkedIn has an interestingly massive database to draw on. What did Baby Boomers study in college? What did Millennials study in college? This infographic is fascinating, suggesting that, in an examination of data is based on 300 million LinkedIn profiles, Boomers tended toward broader majors and the liberal arts while Millennials leaned toward specialized fields, particularly in technology and business. The disappearance of education—the top college major among Boomers—from the educational priorities of Millennials is stunning. What happened? Is there a political and societal message reflected in this—for example, the way groups like Teach for America imply that a college curriculum in education can be replaced by six weeks or less of training plus a lot of brio to take over a public school?This NPQ Newswire author, at the older boundary of the Boomer age range, had a major in political science and a minor in education in his college years. It was in the education classes that the writings of Ivan Illich and Paulo Freire were introduced and became, particularly in the case of Freire, lifelong touchpoints for understanding life and society, not just the process of education. The other week, this author attended a performance of The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. To spice it up, the show moved the timeframe to the near future and spliced the accession of Prince William into the story. Nonetheless, the audience was just about all Boomers, who probably had a pretty solid dose of liberal arts education, maybe learning about Bertolt’s Mother Courage and Her Children, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui through some college English or theater class.LinkedIn’s analysis focuses on the reduced role of an education major in the college experience of Millennials. Ours is more about the question about liberal arts in general. Liberal arts education would be a terrible thing to lose in our society—and in the nonprofit community. Some of us think that those Boomers who majored in education or political science might have been the very same people who created and propelled the nonprofit sector to the societal importance it has today, boosting its ability to recruit those young business and IT majors.—Rick Cohen Share1Tweet1ShareEmail2 Shares
Share11TweetShare3Email14 SharesJanuary 17, 2016; NPR, “The Salt”The firing of 150 Muslim workers refusing to show up to work as a statement to protect their prayer-rights has set off a religious and economic debate. What has become a storm of misunderstanding and frustration began inside the walls of a beef processing plant in a small town in Colorado. In just under a month’s time, the workers were fired, the company’s rehiring policies changed, and there is now a possibility of them returning to work. The real question is, will anything change?Cargill Meat Solutions, located in the small town of Ft. Morgan, has notably opened its doors to Somali refugees facing horrific wartime turmoil in their homelands. The town got the attention of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, in 2014 due to the high influx of refugees moving to the community for employment, standing in contrast to the current policy to “overtly discourage” refugees from moving from their initial urban placements. From 1999 to 2013, Ft. Morgan’s population grew by nearly 10 percent, with over 1,000 Somali refugees resettling to the town of just over 11,000 people.Of the 155,000 Cargill employees working across the globe in 68 countries, 2,000 work at the Ft. Morgan plant. Prior to the recent firing, approximately 30 percent, or 600, were Somali. Using the last resettlement numbers, this would represent a minimum of 60 percent of the local refugee population. Both the UNHCR report and stories out of the Denver Post help paint a picture of a post-9/11 small U.S. community and a major beef processing employer changing their environments and day-to-day lives to help create an accepting, sensitive and collaborative community with their new neighbors.On December 18th, this picture was torn with the buildup taking place at the Cargill plant. For the vast majority of the refugees, prayer is required five times a day. This is considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam, a central element of Islamic practice and worship tied to their Muslim faith. Due to this frequency, at least one prayer request, lasting from five to ten minutes, would fall within work hours. In Ft. Morgan, Cargill made clear steps to accommodate: The plant found space to provide reflection rooms for prayer beginning in 2009 and incorporated flexibility in their practice for allowing breaks on the job.If the story ended here, the Cargill model could have continued as a potential national success in creating a culturally sensitive new life in a rural area for families from war-torn countries. However, tensions brewing behind the scenes led to the building of an unpassable wall on both sides. Ultimately, the need for every Somali worker to have access to prayer-time ran counter to assuring the plant operations were not put in jeopardy.Several reports, dating both before and after the December 18th incident, share that workers would arrive back at their stations late after prayer, or that more than two or three workers would request leave from their shift at the same time. This led Cargill supervisors to issue communications that showed little tolerance. On the receiving side of these orders, articles reflect Somali workers’ feeling that prayer was historically accepted at Cargill, and then all at once was not. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which represents some of the fired workers, said supervisors were hostile.On December 18th, a group of second-shift workers approached their supervisor, asking permission to leave together for prayer. Three of eleven were permitted to leave their stations at the same time. Ten of the 11 resigned that day, but over the following days, the dispute spread to other employees, and in protest, nearly 160 Somali workers didn’t show up for work and 17 more clocked in to simply walk out. On the third day of absence, the workers were notified of termination of employment under Cargill’s attendance policy, stating that the company will fire any employee who fails to show up for work following three consecutive days without notice.The dynamics of this case lead us to ask our readers who is right. In 2015, Cargill was reported to be the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue. If it were a public company, it would rank number 12 on the Fortune 500, behind McKesson and ahead of AT&T. In our American society, is it possible that frustration had been building with plant supervisors operating in a business culture in which the demand for safety and competition for dollars depend on punctuality and attendance? Supervisors and administrators would have likely felt that they had provided allowances against the status quo, yet the employees did not meet them with full adherence or satisfaction. Somali employees who returned late to their station and groups requesting leave together would be counter to the plant’s long-time culture to strive for a balance of quality and quick operations. A representative of the plant explains that in a large slaughterhouse, just one person not reporting back or going missing for 10 minutes can slow down an entire shift. After multiple instances, this would have likely led to a cracking down on staff with no tolerance for anything more than the designated 10-15 minute break allotted. It would also be likely that supervisors would be frustrated if they felt any pushback or lack of appreciation when groups of more than two to three employees requested leave at one time. This would have magnified growing tensions within the Muslim population with layers of challenges communicating how incredibly important it is to have their time in prayer.Should Cargill assure that all employees have the ability to step away from the line when requested for religious needs? To assure quality and safety, this would have to be done with a significant employee backup system at equally significant cost to the company’s bottom line. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers cannot deny a “reasonable” religious accommodation request as long as it does not pose an undue hardship on the company. How do organizations draw a line for what constitutes an undue hardship and who determines what is a reasonable accommodation?The Swift meatpacking plant in Colorado is more familiar with these waters. The plant won a similar case in Nebraska in 2013, but more recently, a federal judge ruled that an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) lawsuit against them could go forward despite Swift’s argument that accommodating simultaneous prayer by a large percentage of their employees posed an undue burden on the operation of the business.Since the firing, Cargill has made an effort to compromise by changing their rehiring policy this month to allow the fired employees to reapply after thirty days of termination, as opposed to the historical policy of six months. A representative of Cargill is confident that upcoming negotiations will lead to resolution; however, it is clear from reports that neither side seems to have communicated a new understanding or willingness to budge from their current stance. The falling-out resulted in refugees who “want to return to work and support their families” but chose to walk away from their jobs in their last desperate attempt to communicate the importance of their daily prayer. On the other end, a beef manufacturer highly dependent on its labor force let go of eight percent of its labor pool in one day, significantly reducing its ability to produce—which is the heart of its business.There is no question that a significant breakdown has taken place in Ft. Morgan. Both sides tell media outlets about the other’s misunderstanding and unwillingness to cooperate. Cargill appears to be staying grounded in the fact that they have exhausted all ideas and will do everything they can—up and until the point they damage the success of the very company able to provide such employment. The refugee workers, who have experienced a world the majority of us cannot imagine, have entered a new culture very different from their past, and justifiably are confused on how asking for just five minutes for something so sacred, can seem so paramount.—Michelle LemmingShare11TweetShare3Email14 Shares
Share22Tweet2Share3Email27 SharesBy United States Mission Geneva [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons March 31, 2016; Wall Street JournalLess than two months after his death, Justice Antonin Scalia’s name is being given to the law school at George Mason University in suburban Washington, D.C. With a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor and a $10 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, the school will be formally named the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University, likely the Scalia Law School for short.As a public university in Virginia, a state regulatory body needs to finalize the naming, which is expected to happen soon. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Scalia’s colleague on the Court and a close friend (though frequent ideological adversary), called the naming a “fitting tribute.”The announcement is interesting for several reasons: the speed with which an eight-figure gift was negotiated and made public, the presence of an anonymous lead gift in an era of wealthy donors seeking charity-fueled publicity, major support for a naming gift being provided by a charitable foundation, albeit a foundation itself named after a living billionaire, and the explicit acknowledgement that the law school and its naming for Scalia are ideologically well-matched.The $30 million renaming gift will endow four scholarships, including three based on academic excellence and one, named after free-market economist F.A. Hayek, that will be used to support a student interested in economic analysis of the law. In addition, the gift will be used to hire additional law school faculty.To further emphasize the speed with which the gift is changing the law school, university officials announced that new campus signage and marketing materials would be in place by July—three months from the announcement date.—Michael WylandShare22Tweet2Share3Email27 Shares
Sports broadcaster Eurosport will today start delivering 3D video content to Nintendo 3DS gaming devices.Eurosport will offer a new set of short video clips from the WATTS magazine show in 3D each week. The free clips will be viewable via a dedicated Eurosport video player available from the Nintendo eShop.“The 3D clips from WATTS, one of Eurosport’s most established programmes, are guaranteed to engage and entertain Nintendo 3DS users,” says Heather Bowler, global communications director, Eurosport. “Eurosport and Nintendo are both leaders within their industries so there is a natural brand fit with this collaboration, which will extend our reach within an important target audience.”Nintendo has previously signed deals for 3D content with the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra, Red Bull Media House and Aardman Animations.
TV technology provider Visionary Solutions has named Mike Piper as vice-president of sales and marketing. Piper will be responsible for leading global sales, marketing, and new product development efforts for Visionary Solutions’ IPTV products, including its flagship product the AVN443 encoder.Piper was previously product marketing manager for video walls and multiviewers at RGB Spectrum and is also one of the co-founders and a former director of product marketing at Telestream.“One of Mike’s goals at Visionary Solutions is to create a branding strategy that conveys instant recognition of Visionary Solutions’ technology solutions worldwide,” said Jordan Christoff, president, Visionary Solutions. “He will also seek out and develop new OEM opportunities. Mike brings a very high level of expertise to Visionary Solutions that will increase our company’s recognition and sales in the global IPTV market.”
Deploying fibre-to-the-home to meet the EU’s Digital Agenda goals makes long term economic sense and western European countries – notably the UK and Italy – are falling behind in the deployment of FTTH and fibre-to-the-building networks, according to Nadia Babaali, communications director at the FTTH Council Europe.Speaking at the SCTE Summer Lecture series event yesterday, Babaali said that the UK and Italy were lagging well behind other European countries. Lithuania is the European FTTH/B leader, with penetration of almost 30%. Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Latvia and Russia also score highly. In the UK, on the other hand, there were only 7,750 subscribers out of 400,000 homes passed, she said.Babaali said that deploying fibre made long-term economic sense. She cited calculations that estimated that the total cost of meeting the EU Digital Agenda targets with fibre would be €192 billion, which she said was “half the figure we usually hear”. This figure moreover was based on the assumption that no FTTH had already been deployed. Babaali said that deploying alternative technologies would postpone the day when full fibre would have to be rolled out to accommodate applications that require high upload as well as download speeds.Citing figures complied by Heavy Reading, she said that there were 10.379 million fibre-connected households in Europe at the end of last year. Heavy Reading predicts this will rise to 13.575 million at the end of this year and 32.088 million by 2016.Babaali cited figures compiled by IDATE to show that there were 5.7 million FTTH/B subscribers in Europe at the end of last year compared with 4.5 million in Russia, 58 million in APAC and 9.7 million in North America.According to IDATE, there are 300 FTTH/B projects currently deployed across Europe, with 13% provided by municipalities and utilities, 55% by alternative telcos and cable operators and 33% by incumbents.
European broadcast giant Mediaset has reportedly denied it is to sell off its pay TV service Mediaset Premium.The company said the Italian pay platform, which offers services such as HD football and movie channels, was a strategic asset and had grown its revenues by 10% in the first quarter of 2013, according to Reuters.This came after local news reports claimed Mediaset was planning to find a buyer.Berlusconi family-owned Mediaset, which is the market leader in Italy and Spain, last year posted its first yearly loss since listing in 1996.The company could not be contacted for comment before publication this morning.
Quality assurance specialist is using IBC to highlight its offering The Truck Check.The True Check is a remotely operated monitoring platform for verifying the quality of digital audio and video services delivered over IP networks. It is now shipping to broadcasters, cable operators, and streaming video content producers.Designed for 24/7 operation, the system is suitable for monitoring MPEG-2/H.264 programmes delivered over the Internet, as well as head-end equipment that uses IP for video transport. The True Check simultaneously monitors up to 60 transport streams. It provides IP layer analysis and MPEG-2 transport layer analysis, plus analysis on Ethernet inputs, and key frame decoding and service profiling.DVEO will exhibit at IBC on stand 2.A34
Warren SchlichtingUS pay TV operator Dish has shelved a swathe of Turner Broadcasting channels in a carriage dispute with the channel operator.CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, HLN, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang have all been taken off the platform.In a statement Turner said it had offered compromises and accused Dish of acting in a ‘disruptive manner’.“Turner has worked diligently for months to come to a fair agreement including multiple extensions and compromises, and it’s unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers,” Turner said.It added: “We are hopeful our counterparts will return to the negotiating table, and we’ll get a deal completed.”Dish said that the channels were removed on Monday night (October 20) after failed attempts to renew the carriage deal. It added that Turner had refused to extend the current deal.“In the past year, Dish has successfully renewed agreements with many large content providers,” said Warren Schlichting, senior VP of programming. “As a result, we are confident that we have offered a deal to Turner that reflects an appropriate value for our customers.”He added: “Dish has had a productive relationship with Turner Networks for many years. We regret the service disruption to our customers, and remain committed to reaching an agreement that promptly returns this content to DISH’s programming line-up.”
Qatar telco Ooredoo has tapped Metrological to launch and manage a cloud-based TV app store for its Mozaic TV service.Ooredoo’s TV app store will be integrated into the Mozaic TV user experience, which combines existing native apps with an expanded app library of popular and local apps and OTT content.The Ooredoo app store will be available to Mozaic TV customers using next-generation STBs, with plans in place to expand the service to legacy devices and other new devices in the future.Metrological’s Application Platform supports operator App Stores and content provider apps. Ooredoo will be able to manage its App Store via the Metrological Dashboard and App Manager, which provides access to business intelligence data and marketing analytics. Operators can customize their own branded app store for each market using Metrological’s 250-plus App Library of premium apps or build their own apps with an open source SDK, according to the company.“We pride ourselves on offering innovative features and world-class entertainment packages that give our customers access to all of their content in one place. Ooredoo continues to deploy cutting-edge cloud solutions to deliver smart services for the people of Qatar, and this agreement with Metrological provides us with the flexibility to customize the portfolio of apps on offer, deliver an enhanced customer experience and gives us the scalability to continue to expand the digital universe of apps offered on Mozaic TV,” said Waleed Al Sayed, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar.“We are pleased to provide Ooredoo with our cloud-based Application Platform, which will enable them to offer content that reflects the unique personal interests of its subscriber base,” said Jeroen Ghijsen, CEO of Metrological. “Metrological brings the app experience front and center with apps acting as a content feed to the main TV viewing experience. Our platform ensures that Ooredoo can expand its app offerings by leveraging the cloud instead of deploying more expensive STBs to facilitate native app solutions that can’t scale.”
Satellite operator SES is planning a mid-January launch for its new SES-9 satellite, which has now arrived at Cape Canaveral, Florida.The satellite, which is currently being processed, will be positioned at 108.2 degrees East and provide replacement and incremental video capacity over Asia.SES-9 will be co-located with SES-7 and will serve fast-growing markets like Indonesia and the Philippines.“SES-9 is the latest step in the globalisation of SES’s video capabilities, and provides additional capacity to serve a range of next generation data and mobility applications in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Martin Halliwell, chief technical officer at SES.“As SES’s first spacecraft to use electric propulsion, SES-9 incorporates some of the latest innovations, helping SES to reduce cost and deliver the next generation of satellite today.”SES-9 was built by Boeing Satellite Systems and is designed to operate for 15 years in geosynchronous orbit. It will launch on board Space X’s newly upgraded Falcon 9 rocket.
UK multi-play operator BT added 63,000 TV customers in its latest quarter, growing its total TV base to 1.7 million.Announcing results for the second quarter and half year to 30 September 2016, BT said that BT Sport also had better viewing figures compared to last year, benefiting from its new Saturday early evening slot for Premier League matches.BT’s consumer division saw revenues rise 11% year-on-year for the quarter to £1.25 billion (€1.4 billion) with a 17% increase in broadband and TV revenue and a 7% increase in calls and lines revenue.BT said that superfast fibre broadband growth continued with 216,000 retail net additions, taking its customer base to 4.5 million. BT said that 49% of its broadband customers are now on fiber.“We’ve passed over 26m premises with our superfast fibre broadband network. In total, this means 92% of the UK now has access to fibre broadband from BT or other networks,” said BT.The company said it remained on track to bring fibre broadband to 95% of the country by the end of 2017, and said that plans to make ultrafast broadband available to up to 12m premises by the end of 2020 are also “progressing well”.Elsewhere, BT said that it had made good progress on the integration of EE and the delivery of its synergy targets, after it closed its £12.5 billion (€16.7 billion) buyout of UK mobile operator in January.Overall, BT’s adjusted EBITDA was up 31% to £1.89 billion, while underlying EBITDA adjusted for the acquisition of EE was up 0.9%. Reported revenue was £6.0 billion while pre-tax profit was up 5% year-on-year to £671million.
Conrad Riggs, Amazon Studios’ head of unscripted content, has been released from the company and replaced by senior creative executive Heather Schuster.Following the exits of Roy Price, Joe Lewis and Morgan Wandell this October, Riggs departs after three years with the company.Amazon auto show, The Grand TourRiggs played a key role in bringing Jeremy Clarkson’s successful Grand Tour to Amazon. Formerly he was producing partner to Mark Burnett, with the two producing The Apprentice and Survivor.Schuster will immediately replace Riggs, having joined Amazon in August as a senior creative exec. She also acted as producer to the Donald Trump-fronted Apprentice, working with Riggs and Burnett in the past.Joining Schuster will be Tracey Lentz who joined the company two years ago from AMC and will now act as head of creative unscripted.Sharon Tal Yguado, head of event series at the company, is now the most senior scripted executive on the team. She joined from Fox Networks Group, where she was executive VP of global scripted programming, in January.Tal Yguado will be working with interim Amazon Studios boss Albert Cheng, who is COO and took over after Price’s departure.The Amazon shake up began with the fall of the head of Amazon Studios Roy Price was accused of sexual harassment.This week Amazon’s head of comedy and drama Lewis departed with no clear reason given for his departure. He will, however, have a production deal with the company post departure.Wandell also left this week, joining Apple as an international creative development executive.
UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 has unveiled new targeted advertising capability that will be launched commercially this autumn.Showcasing the technology, codenamed Project Agora, at a Channel 4 Upfronts event at London’s Roundhouse, chief commercial officer Jonathan Allan said that the Channel 4-developed technology will enable advertisers to match their own custom audience segments across Channel 4 platforms in a cookie-less, GDPR compliant way for the first time.Channel 4 has a 20 million-strong active registered viewer base that can be targeted with VOD advertising.Over 70% of Channel 4 VOD platform All 4’s revenue is currently generated through advertisers buying against first party registered viewer data. According to Channel 4, the new product will allow advertisers to leverage their own data capabilities to create their own bespoke, custom audience segments that can be targeted on All 4, ensuring that clients can increase the scale and cost-effectiveness of their efforts to reach young audiences.“I am really excited about taking this product to market later in the year. Coming off the back of the launch of Dynamic TV earlier this year – which enables potentially thousands of variations of data-driven creative to be served across big screen devices like smart TVs – there really isn’t a better time for advertisers to create personalised and targeted ad campaigns with Channel 4,” said Jonathan Lewis, head of digital and partnership innovation at Channel 4, who is leading the product development,“Not many publishers have the volume of registered data that we do and that means we can offer this data matching proposition to our clients. We believe this will put us another step ahead of our competition and equal the offering that you can get from the pureplay digital platforms – but within a much safer and compliant environment.”
dance classesDerryfestivaljazz It’s time to polish your dancing shoes and warm up those jazz hands as the City of Derry Jazz Festival fast approaches, getting in full swing over the May Bank Holiday weekend, April 30 – May 4.To ensure you have all the moves to make the most of the five days of jam-packed music then why not sign up for some Jazz jiving classes?Derry City Council have called upon the services of Jive and Ballroom champions David and Kathleen Cummings who will pass on their expertise to local jazz fans ahead of the biggest musical celebration in the North. Festivals and Events Manager with Derry City Council Karan Leonard said the classes were the perfect way to get into the swing of the event.“With only seven weeks to go until the start of this year’s festival the jive classes are a brilliant opportunity to experience some of the authentic music and moves of the jazz and swing era.“The music at the festival always has people up on their feet so why not learn how to dance with the help of the professionals. David and Kathleen from Derry Dancing will have you up and jiving in no time, and even if you’re not ready for Strictly Come Dancing by May, you will have plenty of fun along the way.”The dance classes pre-empt what will be a fantastic weekend in the city’s music calendar, which draws tens of thousands annually for a celebration of music spanning the generations. This year the organisers are delighted to welcome jazz sensation Jamie Cullum to the city, heading an impressive line-up of artists from across the world, including the renowned Charlie Wood, Dennis Rollins and Robert Mitchell, festival favourites Jive Aces and the Jaydee Brass Band, as well as the very best of homegrown musical talent including David Lyttle, Gay McIntyre and Linley Hamilton. The Jazz Jive Classes will be held in two venues over the coming weeks, Derry’s Guildhall and the Alley Arts Theatre in Strabane. The classes are all about having fun in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, but will also be structured to ensure that participants pick up a range of steps and learn how to adapt to a variety of rhythms, including Jazz, Swing, Boogie Woogie, and Big Band sounds.Dancers of all abilities are welcome, and no previous experience is required. However places are limited so anyone interested must prepay to secure places – costing £20 for four weeks.Classes take place on the following dates: Strabane Alley Arts Theatre – Wednesday1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd from 7.30pm – 9pm. The Whittaker Suite in Derry’s Guildhall, Tuesday 31st (March) and April 7th, 14th and 21st from 7.30pm – 9pmTo book a place for the Guildhall Dance Lessons, please contact the Cash Desk at Derry City Council, Strand Road, or you can pay by credit or debit card on 028 71376627.To book a place for the Alley theatre Dance lessons, please go to the Alley Theatre or pay via the telephone on 028 7188 4760.If you would like to find out more information, please seewww.cityofderryjazzfestival.comDANCE CHAMPIONS TO PASS ON SKILLS FOR JAZZ FESTIVAL was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet
Emmett Donnan, 30, of Colinmill, DunmurrySean Pearson, 25, of Culmore Road, Omagh,Declan Joseph McCrory, 48, from Aghaboy Road, Omagh,Martin Stephen Conlon, 49, from Tarry Drive, Lurgan,Gary Doherty, 37, of Old Mountfield Road, Omagh,Eamonn Michael Green, 31, from the Falls Road in west Belfast,Christopher Martin Hamill, 39, of Lurgantarry, Lurgan.PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: “This conviction follows a very thorough, tenacious and effective policing operation and investigation and demonstrates the commitment of the PSNI to bring offenders to justice, tackle paramilitarism and uphold the rule of law.“I want to thank those who worked very hard to deliver this result.”Revealed: Derry man convicted over role in illegal dissident republican parade was last modified: January 23rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Chief Inspector Jon BurrowsCraigavon Magistrates’ CourtLURGANMatthew Jude O’DonnellPSNIRevealed: Derry man convicted over role in illegal dissident republican parade Police move in to make arrests of colour party at dissident republican Easter Parade.A DERRY republican was one of eight men convicted in relation to an un-notified dissident republican parade last year.The parade, organised by Republican Sinn Fein the political wing of the Continuity IRA, was held in Lurgan on March 31, 2018, as part of an Easter Rising commemoration. During the “colour party”, police clashed with masked demonstrators when they moved in to break up the parade as it made its way down the Levin Road in the town.Eight men were convicted at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and received fines.They were:Matthew Jude O’Donnell, 41, of Lislane Drive, Derry ShareTweet