If you liked this article, hopefully you’ll enjoy these:UK’s top 10 craft beer pubs10 of the best beaches in BritainCheck flights to BristolSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in TaipeiLooking for a slice of Southeast Asia away from the usual backpacker crowds? Check out Taiwan, with a city break in the island’s vibrant, cross-cultural capital. From forested mountains to tasty noodles, we bring you the top things to see and do in Taipei.12 days of Christmas breaksCheer yourself up with this seasonal selection of pre-Christmas breaks and escapes, at home and abroad.6 best baths in BudapestEnjoy a long hot soak at one of these luxurious bath houses in the ‘City of Spas’. 11. Walk: SkylineHike the Bath Skyline and at points you forget you’re still in a city – except when the trail offers splendid urban views. Bath sits on the edge of the Cotswolds, so this 10km route takes in plenty of beech woodland and bucolic rolling green, as well as an 18th century folly, a Palladian bridge and a skirt around the hill-top University. Better, the National Trust, which looks after the landscape, reckons the walk burns off an average of 735 calories – so you can book in for that Chequers burger, guilt-free.And one for luck…12. Top Tip: Embrace the twilightThe Thermae Bath Spa is open until 9.30pm: arrive just before dusk so you can loll in the roof-top pool as the sun sinks down and the city starts to glitter. Also, in July and August the excellent Roman Baths Museum stays open until 10pm – it’s usually shut by 6pm – so you can see the medicinal waters twinkling under torchlight. Spa-vellous! From the baths to burgers via cycling, cocktails and much more, we take a local expert’s advice on the best things to do in Bath.1. Market: Green ParkTrains haven’t tootled into Green Park Station since 1966; these days it sees more cabbages than carriages. Every Saturday the restored Victorian terminus hosts a Farmers’ Market, where you can nibble Bath Soft Cheese, Seven Hills Handmade Chocolates, Lovett Pies and plenty more. A Vintage & Antiques Market takes over on the first and last Sunday of the month, with an Artisan Market every second Sunday. 2. Coffee: Colonna & Small’sIf the whiff of a Costabucks makes you shudder, head here. Colonna & Small’s, headed up by 2014 UK Barista Champion Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, does coffee for the connoisseur/geek. The menu looks more winelist, relaying a bevy of bean choices, their nuances poetically described. You can even book in for an Espresso Course or group coffee tasting.https://instagram.com/p/r5b36slrQf/3. Brunch: Wild CaféTiny tucked-away independents are all well and good but, damn, if only Wild Café were twice the size. If you CAN bag a brightly coloured chair here, expect simple things – fairtrade and locally sourced – done lip-lickingly well: pancake stacks, scrambled eggs with Bath Pig chorizo, the city’s best bacon sandwich (three rashers!). The kitchen’s right in the café, so be prepared to sit in a state of nasally-affronted food envy while you wait for your brunch.4. Proper pub: The Bell InnWalcot Street, Bath’s old artisan quarter, is still dominated by eclectic independents. And no place embodies that spirit more than The Bell Inn 103 Walcot St. When closure loomed in 2013, it was bought by a community cooperative – with support from the likes of Michael ‘Glastonbury’ Eavis and Robert Plant. It continues to be Bath’s best live music pub, hosting acts three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Sunday), as well as serving lots of local real ales.5. Gastro pub: The ChequersHidden from the main hubbub, but only a stone’s throw from the Royal Crescent, The Chequers has been serving wayfarers since 1776. The menu’s come on a bit since, but it still serves all comers. There are juicy bar staples – arguably Bath’s best burger and big, fat, Bath Ale-battered fish-n-chips. But there are more refined options too – Wiltshire pork ‘three ways’, blowtorched mackerel, a novel game pie. It’s all good, whether you’re feeling fancy or just want some (damn fine) chips.https://instagram.com/p/1C7ZrrwVNV/8. Shop: Mr Bs vs ToppingsIt’s too close to call – Bath has two equally excellent independent bookshops. Toppings has a fine selection; it also has real clout, attracting the literary great and the good for talks and tastings on an almost daily basis. Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights is just a lovely place to be; it even has a ‘Bibliotherapy Room’ with fireplace, armchairs and free coffee and tea.9. Freebie: Mayor of Bath Honorary GuidesBath’s whole centre is Unesco-listed, being deemed of Outstanding Universal Value. To get some background – on a budget – join a tour with the Mayor of Bath Honorary Guides. This daily primer (10.30am and 2pm, Sun-Fri; 10.30am only, Sat) lasts two hours and is completely free. Gratis. The guides don’t even accept tips. They just love Bath that much – and want you to, too.10. Bike: Two Tunnels GreenwayHilly Bath can be bike unfriendly… thankfully, the Victorians burrowed railway tunnels through the summits to the south, which have been recently reopened as a Sustrans multi-use path. The 21km Two Tunnels Greenway is a lovely loop ride or walk, incorporating a pretty canal towpath, a Georgian aqueduct, quiet country lanes and nearly two miles of subterranean cycling – with a motion-sensitive light and music installation enlivening the old stone walls.
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Seventy-nine years ago a Jewish woman named Lilly Cassirer surrendered her family’s priceless Camille Pissarro painting to the Nazis in exchange for safe passage out of Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.On Tuesday her great-grandson will walk into a U.S. courtroom for the latest round of what has been a nearly 20-year battle to get it back.After years of appeals by both Lilly Cassirer’s descendants and Spain’s Thyssen-Bornemisza museum, where the painting has hung for 25 years, a trial to decide its rightful owner is scheduled before U.S. District Judge John F. Walter.Neither side disputes that Cassirer handed the painting over to the Nazis in 1939 in exchange for safe passage out of the country for herself, her husband and her grandson.But the Madrid museum has argued that she forfeited her ownership rights when she accepted $13,000 from Germany in 1958, after the German government concluded the painting was lost forever. The museum also has argued that it acquired the work in good faith and has never tried to hide it.“There’s no dispute about the painting’s complete history. The court examined all the evidence and determined that the museum is the rightful owner,” Thyssen-Bornemisza’s U.S. attorney, Thaddeus J. Stauber, told The Associated Press in 2016 after Walter initially dismissed the case.The Cassirer family successfully appealed last year and their lawsuit was returned to Walter for trial.The family’s attorney, David Boies, says the matter now boils down to Spain doing what’s right and surrendering the painting.“It’s unusual for a modern liberal democracy to be trying to hold onto Nazi-looted art,” he said Monday as he prepared for trial. “Every other civilized country in the world is committed to returning Nazi-looted art to the rightful owners.”The painting, “Rue St.-Honore, Apres-Midi, Effet de Pluie” has been valued at $30 million or more.Pissarro created the stunning oil-on-canvas work of a rainy Paris street scene from what he saw out the window of a hotel room in 1897. Its title translates to English as “Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon, Effect of Rain.”Lilly Cassirer’s father-in-law bought it directly from Pissarro’s art dealer and left it to her and her husband when he died.For more than 70 years her family believed it was lost. Then in 1999 a friend of Cassirer’s grandson, Claude, who had fled Germany with her, saw a photo of it in a catalogue and contacted him.“And he was completely stunned because we thought the painting was gone,” Claude Cassirer’s son, David Cassirer of San Diego, told The Associated Press in 2016.It turned out the work had been sold and resold several times before Baron Hans-Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, one of the 20th century’s most prominent art collectors, bought it from New York gallery owner Stephen Hahn in 1976.Thyssen-Bornemisza, who died in 2002, sold the painting and hundreds of other works to Spain in 1993 and they now form the core of the museum named for him.John Rogers, The Associated Press Spain, California family go to trial over disputed Nazi art by John Rogers, The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2018 10:06 pm PDT
HB 4504, the uniform forfeiture reporting act, introduced by Rep. Kesto;HB 4506, a bill subjecting drug forfeitures to the new reporting act, authored by state Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance;HB 4503, which subjects omnibus forfeitures to the new reporting act, sponsored by state Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona;HB 4507, which subjects public nuisance forfeitures to the new reporting act, introduced by state Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo;HB 4505, introduced by state Rep. Peter J. Lucido, R-Shelby Township, which heightens the evidentiary standard for drug forfeitures;HB 4500, which subjects identity theft-related forfeitures to the new reporting act, sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake;HB 4499, authored by state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, heightens the evidentiary standard for public nuisance; andHB 4508, providing a drug forfeiture exception for purchasers of personal marijuana, sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor. 22Apr Kesto leads bipartisan effort to protect people’s property rights Categories: Kesto News,News Lawmaker says balance needed to protect citizens Michigan residents will be better protected from the improper seizure of their property by police agencies under a bipartisan legislative package introduced today that reforms state civil asset forfeiture laws, state Rep. Klint Kesto announced.Rep. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said civil asset forfeiture reform is one of the most important issues facing the Legislature this session. Under current law, police are able to seize cash, cars, homes and other property during raids. Sometimes charges are never filed against the alleged perpetrators, yet law enforcement officials not only keep the property they obtain during the process, they often auction it off and use the profits to supplement their budgets with little accountability.“We must bring culpability and transparency to the system and rein in the ability of police to indiscriminately seize the property of innocent citizens,” Rep. Kesto said. “I plan to hold open hearings on this issue by bringing in experts from all sides to testify. We must protect the public’s right to reclaim their property, when applicable, but also we have to enable law enforcement to do its job and legitimately claim property proven to have been used in criminal activities.”Bills in the package include:Impose reporting requirements on law enforcement agencies for all forfeitures to increase transparency;Raise the evidentiary standard for drug forfeiture and public nuisances from the current “preponderance of the evidence” to “clear and convincing”;andNarrow the scope of drug forfeiture laws to exclude low-level, personal-use and medical marijuana crimes from forfeiture. Many agencies use forfeiture for purchasing a $5 bag of marijuana or by improperly storing medical marijuana in a vehicle as reason for seizing money and property.“As a former assistant prosecutor, I put a high priority on public safety, and the police must be able to protect our communities from criminal activity,” Rep. Kesto said. “At the same time, citizens deserve the right to reclaim their property if it has been wrongly taken from them. We need to achieve a balance to satisfy both goals.”Bills in the legislative package are: The legislation was referred to the House Committee on Judiciary.#####
Categories: Vaupel News,Vaupel Photos State Rep. Hank Vaupel (left), of Fowlerville, is joined by Hartland Township Supervisor Bill Fountain (right) for the governor’s State of the State Address on the House floor. 23Jan Rep. Vaupel invites Township Supervisor Bill Fountain to governor’s State of the State Address
Categories: Afendoulis News 07Feb Afendoulis supports resolutions to ramp up efforts in battle against water contamination Rep. Chris Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids Township) today voted for two resolutions which address water contamination concerns in Kent County and around the state. House Resolution No. 228 and House Concurrent Resolution No. 18 both passed the House today by a unanimous vote.“We are continuing to make strides in addressing water contamination issues in Kent County, but we have a long way to go,” Afendoulis said. “As an elected official, I have no greater priority than protecting the public health. My district is ground zero for the fight against water contamination, and I will not rest until my constituents have access to the highest quality drinking water possible.”The resolutions request that Governor Snyder and the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) create a PFAS Scientific Advisory committee that is equally comprised of scientific experts from government, academia, and industry whose backgrounds include experience with PFAS in the scientific disciplines of analytical chemistry, environmental fate, toxicology, epidemiology, and risk assessment. They also ask that committee to study the EPA’s PFAS advisory level of 70 parts per trillion and provide a rationale for any new level for the state of Michigan.“This is a hugely important issue, and we cannot tackle it without involving the best and brightest minds from all levels of government, academia, and private industry,” Afendoulis added. “Michigan is facing a water contamination crisis, and we need to use all available resources to address this issue.”
Share71Tweet1Share2Email74 Shares“Showboat.” Credit: Daryl MitchellJune 6, 2017; Bloomberg, “Politics”As former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before Congress tomorrow, the Great America Alliance (GAA), a nonprofit 501(c)(4), will launch a 30-second attack ad labeling Comey a political “showboat” and saying he “put politics over protecting America.” It also declares that he has been “consumed with election meddling” even as “terror attacks were on the rise.” The ad will run on CNN and Fox News.“James Comey: just another DC insider only in it for himself,” the ad concludes.The Great America Alliance was born out of the Great America PAC, which supported Trump’s election. Wikipedia describes the Alliance as follows:In December 2016, Great America PAC announced the formation of a new offshoot called the Great America Alliance, which it described as a research and issue advocacy organization whose mission was to support the “Trump Agenda” by advocating “a stronger economy, a more secure nation, and a society with less government intrusion and more freedom for American citizens.” The Great America Alliance is chaired by Newt Gingrich and Rudolph Giuliani. Tomi Lahren joined the organization in a communications role in April 2017.As Wikipedia summarizes, the Great America PAC ran a number of ads during the election, including:In June 2016, Great America PAC released its first ad, entitled “Enemies,” featuring spokesman [Carl] Higbie. In the ad, Higbie says, “The Orlando tragedy is a stark reminder that the enemy and the battlefield is moving here to our shores…Join millions of active duty military members and veterans like me who stand with Donald Trump.” Great America PAC spent $700,000 on the ad.In July 2016, Great America PAC released its second ad, entitled “The Difference,” featuring Dorothy Woods, the widow of Ty Woods, a former Navy Seal and one of four Americans killed in the 2012 Benghazi attacks. In the ad, Woods says her husband was a “fierce patriot.” Woods goes on to say, “He was killed during the attack in Benghazi while saving American lives under the charge of our State Department,” and that when “When Hillary Clinton was challenged by Congress on who was to blame for the attack, her response was a disgrace.” Great America PAC spent two million dollars to produce and air the ad.In July 2016, Great America PAC released its third ad, entitled “Leadership,” featuring former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. In the ad, Mayor Giuliani says, “The world must come together and America needs to lead, yet President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton just wants to stay the course. The incompetence Hillary Clinton displayed during the Benghazi attack and her singular focus on protecting her own reputation proves she is not ready to be commander-in-chief. We face many challenges as a nation, but nothing is more critical than America displaying strong leadership and an unwavering resolve to defeat terrorism. America’s leadership can and must be better and with Donald Trump as president, it will be.”Eric Beach, head of GAA, says that the group was not asked by the White House for the support, but the copy reflects statements made by the administration. As readers will recall, it was Trump who first labeled Comey a “showboat,” citing that as the reason he fired him.—Ruth McCambridgeShare71Tweet1Share2Email74 Shares
Share14TweetShareEmail14 Shares“Rally to Save the Internet,” Free Speech Action FundOctober 3, 2018; C-Net, The Verge, and Ars TechnicaOn September 30th, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a sweeping piece of legislation that, at the start of 2019, would reestablish in California protections that the FCC’s net neutrality policies had in place before their repeal this summer. Hours later, the Department of Justice announced its intent to block the legislation from taking effect. Not long after that, lobbyists representing mobile telecommunications, cable providers, and broadband ISPs joined the queue, vowing to stop the state’s efforts.The California law prohibits the same things that the 2015 rules put in place by former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler did: blocking of lawful content, throttling of speeds to particular sites, creating online “fast lanes,” or requiring payments from “edge providers”—the makers of content and internet-capable devices—to ensure their offerings aren’t degraded or blocked. It goes further, though, and also bars “zero rating,” the practice of selectively exempting specific sites or offerings in a category from a customer’s data usage. (For example, deciding that one streaming media service doesn’t count toward one’s monthly downstream allotment while another one does.)“While the Trump administration does everything in its power to undermine our democracy, we in California will continue to do what’s right for our residents,” California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), author of the net neutrality bill, said on Sunday.The Department of Justice’s case alleges that this is an effort by the state of California to circumvent the decision of the FCC. Since it’s not reasonable for ISPs and cable companies to have one set of protocols for the rest of the country and another for California, they say, this law would effectively reinstate net neutrality nationwide, and that’s not something a state government can do. As reported in Ars Technica,“Because its regulatory approach directly conflicts with the FCC’s, SB-822 inflicts irreparable harm on both the United States as well as the public interest more generally,” the DOJ told the court. “As this Court recently noted, ‘[t]he United States suffers injury when its valid laws in a domain of federal authority are undermined by impermissible state regulations,’ and ‘[f]rustration of federal statutes and prerogatives are not in the public interest.’”The lobbyists’ suit makes similar claims, saying the law impermissibly regulates interstate commerce and is therefore unconstitutional.However, the decision to repeal net neutrality nationwide may have inadvertently removed the FCC’s power to interfere in this matter. The Verge, in conversation with a statement from Stanford Law professor Barbara van Schewick, writes:Foreseeing state challenges to their attack on federal oversight, lobbyists for both Comcast and Verizon last year successfully urged the FCC to include language in its net neutrality repeal “pre-empting” (read: banning) states from protecting consumers moving forward.But telecom industry legal experts say that when the FCC dismantled its own authority over broadband ISPs (by rolling back their classification of ISPs as Title II common carriers under the Telecom Act), it ironically killed any authority it might have had to tell states what to do.“An agency that has no power to regulate has no power to preempt the states, according to case law,” said in a statement to The Verge.“When the FCC repealed the 2015 Open Internet Order, it said it had no power to regulate broadband internet access providers,” van Schewick said. “That means the FCC cannot prevent the states from adopting net neutrality protections because the FCC’s repeal order removed its authority to adopt such protections.”Ernesto Falcon, legislative counsel at the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the Verge, “Congress created the Telecom Act created to be a joint federal-state jurisdiction law, which is why every state has its own public utilities commission, power over franchises, state pole attachment regulations, consumer protection power, and state-based ISP privacy rules.”Falcon argues that the DOJ lawsuit is “specifically designed to stall state protections.” A statement from the EFF says:To date, 30 state legislatures have introduced bills that would require their Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to maintain net neutrality as a matter of law. Four of those states (Washington, Oregon, Vermont, and now California) have passed laws with strong bipartisan majorities, and more are promising to follow suit in 2019. Six state governors (Montana, New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, Vermont, and Rhode Island), led by Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, have issued Executive Orders declaring that the state’s government will not do business with ISPs that violate net neutrality.And, while individual states are introducing bills, around two dozen attorneys general have brought suit against the FCC to have the decision reversed entirely. The fight to preserve access to a free and open internet continues, and we are, as ever, riveted.—Jason SchneidermanShare14TweetShareEmail14 Shares
Triax (Stand G11) is to use ANGA Cable to unveil a range of new products.Triax will unveil three new models of set-top box at the show. The S-150 Hybrid is a free-to-air satellite receiver featuring HD resolution and a USB port with recording function for the connection of external storage media. IP based interactive services such as catch up TV, HD video text and programme guides as well as the new Triax SmartTV portal offering apps from Facebook and music platforms like putpat can be accessed via HbbTV. The HD cable receiver C-150 Hybrid can also boast all these functions. Thanks to an additional CI Plus slot it can also be used for pay TV channels. By integrating the DLNA-certified receiver into the home network via an Ethernet port (10/100 Mbps) it is possible to stream music or image files from a PC to a TV screen. The IP-100 is a pure IP receiver connecting television and internet. The three new set-top boxes will be available from September 2012.Triax will also show new IPTV solutions for its TDX headend. The combination of headend and middleware offers access to international TV and radio channels, a gateway to PMS (property management system) or a customer-specific user interface. Additionally, users can choose from functions such as video- and music-on-demand, wake-up calls, internet guest account or messaging services. A new multiscreen solution makes it possible to send inputs not only to TV sets but also to IP receivers, PCs, tablets, smartphones or other end device able to process IPTV signals. Also debuting is a CAS system which can be configured according to the principle of plug and play and enables secure encryption of TV channels on all output modules, according to Triax.New input features for the TDX will also be on show: IP-in functionality and a DVB-T/T2 input module for the frequency ranges between 177.5 to 226.5MHz and 474 to 858MHz.The cable technology provider will use the show to present a new generation of the GHV house amplifiers, targeted at small to mid-sized buildings or housing groups. The family contains the GHV 500, GHV 700 and GHV 900 series, which are all based on the same platform.Triax offers 10 models that use 1GHz technology, energy-saving mains-fed power supply, surge protection and robust zinc diecasting housing. The GHV 930 is available as of today. All other models are expected to be brought to the market during the next three months.Triax will also showcase a range of amplifiers that it says can protect digital-terrestrial reception from LTE interference. Patent-pending low pass filter technology in the new DTT antennas and amplifiers secures exact separation of frequencies for interference-free reception, according to Triax.
Yahoo!’s senior vice president of global media, Miyuki Rosen, is due to leave the company, effective September 1. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Yahoo! said that Rosen will receive the severance benefits provided in her existing agreement with the company, along with “equity award agreements for a termination without cause.”The high-ranking executive took up her current role in May 2012 and led strategy, content creation, acquisition and programming, business development and partnerships across Yahoo!’s media and commerce properties worldwide. This included the Yahoo! homepage, as well as Yahoo!’s media and commerce portfolio which includes news, finance, sports, entertainment and video.In an internal email, seen published by All Things Digital, Yahoo! said that Rosen’s work over the last year to “reposition Yahoo!’s media offerings sets us up very well for the future,” and credited her for helping Yahoo! “aggressively expand our premium content partnerships with top brands like ABC News, CNBC, NBC Sports and many more.”“We will continue to invest in a model that spans the entire spectrum of content from premium to mid-tier and UGC — personalised for users and curated by our expert editorial team,” Yahoo! said.Yahoo! added that Rosen’s team will now report directly to COO Henrique De Castro while it determines “the best structure for the future.”The news came as Yahoo! announced that it has agreement to repurchase 40 million shares of Yahoo! common stock owned by investment firm Third Point at a purchase price of $29.11per share.Following the repurchase, Third Point will own approximately 20 million shares, representing less than 2% of Yahoo!’s outstanding common stock, said Yahoo!. Each of the directors originally nominated by Third Point – Daniel Loeb, Harry Wilson, and Michael Wolf – have submitted their resignations from Yahoo!’s board of directors, effective July 31, 2013.Max Levchin, who was appointed as a director upon mutual agreement between Third Point and the board, will remain on the board, which will now consist of seven members – though Yahoo! said it would “revisit” its size and composition.
The Orange Group reported 6.164 million IPTV and satellite TV customers in its half-year results, up 12% from 5.506 million last year.The figures were mainly due to an increase in French TV customers, with 5.322 signed up by June 30, compared to 4.703 million last year.It was also helped by a 3.25% rise in Polish TV customers, which on 30 June 2013 stood at 699,000.Overall, the firm said that its consolidated revenues were €20.6 billion, down 4.5% on a comparable basis. First-half net income was €1.2 billion, compared to €1.9 billion in the first half of 2012.
France-based subscription music service Deezer is launching a smart TV app after partnering with German smart TV services firm NetRange.The Deezer app by NetRange will be available on TVs made by Loewe, Dune, TCL and Sharp, with music fans able to login to up to three different accounts simultaneously on the app.Deezer, which claims to have 10 million monthly active users and 4 million paying subscribers, is already available on smartphones, computers, tablets, and Xbox consoles.“Deezer’s music streaming services have exploded in popularity with fans around the world, and we are excited to be able to provide access to a new frontier of listening potential through Smart TVs,” said Jan Wendt, CEO of NetRange.
Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, MTG president and CEO.Modern Times Group has posted solid third quarter results, posting record Q3 sales of SEK4.126 billion (€425 million), up 7% on a like-for-like basis.Operating income was SEK162 million, up from a loss of SEK412 million last year, but down from SEK240 million on a like-for-like basis thanks to ongoing investment in content, the expansion of MTGx and currency movements.Nordic entertainment revenues were up 11%, the highest growth since Q4 2010, driven by more subscribers for Viaplay and rises in prices.Free TV had a mixed quarter, with higher sales in Sweden and Norway partly offset by lower sales in Denmark.International entertainment saw organic sales rise by 8%, driven by the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. MTG Studios profits were up 68%.The group is continuing to invest in new digital activities, including its recent acquisition of a 35% stake in online gaming company InnoGames.“Video consumption is shifting online, on mobile and on demand, and we have a clear and focused strategy to capitalise on this global change. We therefore continue to actively review our portfolio of operations to ensure that we concentrate our resources on those products and businesses that offer the greatest potential for the future. Financially, we are in good shape with considerable operating leverage as a result of the cost transformation that we have made,” said CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann.
Germany’s HD+ satellite service is to implement the first major rollout for Nagra’s TVkey product that allows consumers to view programming including 4K and HDR TV services directly on newer model Samsung TVs without a set-top box.The SES-backed service will offer the TVkey free of charge to subscribers for a promotional period. Buyers of compatible Samsung TV sets at participating dealers in Germany will receive the HD+ TVkey free of charge by registering on HD+’s website. Signing up also ntitles them to a free six-month HD+ subscription, which upon expiration, can be converted to a regular subscription.Kudelski-owned Nagra teamed up with Samsung in January to create a new co-venture to license the TVkey technology to chipset, dongle, TV and conditional access providers.The TVkey was developed by Nagra as a cost-effective way to offer content protection for 4K UHD TV services that meets the Hollywood studios’ content security requirements.“The HD+ TVkey gives consumers HD+ channels without the need of a separate receiver or CAM module with smartcard–meaning access to HD+ becomes even easier. Working with Samsung also gives us the ability to reach new customers as soon as they buy a new television through instant HD+ service activation. And because the solution uses the security we know and trust from Nagra, we know our content partners will be satisfied,” said Georges Agnes, managing director and chief operating officer at HD+. “We are delighted to be part of the first commercial launch of TVkey. By being the first company to launch TVkey, HD+ is showing true market leadership in how this exciting new technology can be deployed in a way that is beneficial to both operators and new TV customers,” said Hyogun Lee, EVP, visual display business at Samsung Electronics.“We are providing consumers and pay-TV operators with a flexible and cost effective route to high-quality services, while offering state-of-the-art pay TV security. By integrating our latest content protection technology alongside open standards, such as USB and HbbTV/HTML5, we not only ensure excellent security, but also deliver a feature-rich, operator-branded user experience directly to the consumer’s TV,” said Pierre Roy, EVP and chief operating officer, digital TV at Nagra.
Sky has created a virtual-reality highlights film of the April 29 world heavyweight boxing match between Vitali Klitschko and Anthony Joshua that is available for download via the Sky VR app.The 12-minute film was created by Sky’s dedicated in-house VR production unit, Sky VR Studios, and looks at the preparations of both fighters ahead of the match as well as the bout itself. The match was filmed using eight custom-built VR cameras.The Sky VR app is available to to download on a compatible mobile from Google Play or the App Store. The app will let anyone watch immersive Virtual Reality content on a Smartphone either in conjunction with a Google Cardboard headset or in 2D (360 degrees) without a headset. The app will also work when using Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift and Daydream.In addition to the Klitschko-Joshua match, the app has been used to air content from Sky VDR Studio and from third-party content providers. Experiences aired to date include Factory 42-produced Giselle, full-length documentaries about Team Sky and Premier League football highlights.Neil Graham, executive producer of Sky VR Studios, said: “There’s no doubt that this was one of the all-time great heavyweight fights, and it was an incredible to be given such unprecedented access to the action. The resulting film takes viewers closer to the action than ever before – closer than Arnie’s ringside seat.”
Modern Times Group is to move ahead with the split-off of broadcasting and streaming arm Nordic Entertainment Group, with a listing for new company planned for the first quarter of next year.MTG said that a request for approval of the plan to float Nordic Entertainment would be put to an extraordinary general meeting in Q1, resulting in a listing of the company’s shares in March.MTG and Nordic Entertainment have operated as separate companies with separate brands since July.As part of the move to list Nordic Entertainment following the completion of conglomerate Kinnevik’s distribution of its shareholding in MTG to shareholders last month, Anders Borg, Henrik Clausen and Kristina Schauman have been appointed to the board of the new company, alongside chairman David chance, Simon Duffy and Nathalie Tydeman.Borg was Sweden’s Minister of Finance from 2006 to 2014 and is a member of the board of directors of Stena International. Clausen has been President & CEO of Bang & Olufsen since 2016, prior to which he was EVP of Strategy & Digital for Telenor Group from 2014 to 2015. Schauman is a partner and owner of advisory firm Calea AB, and was a Board member of state-owned Apoteket AB from 2009 to 2018, including a period as acting CEO and CFO during 2010 and 2011.“We have continued our work to split MTG into two companies during the summer and have welcomed a number of new shareholders as a result of the Kinnevik distribution. The split and listing are intended to provide shareholders with enhanced value and two different and attractive stories,” said Chance.“We have also now appointed three new highly experienced Board Directors with wide ranging experience across a variety of businesses and sectors in the Nordic region, who will add further to the work and competence of the NENT Group Board. The appointment of such high caliber new Board members clearly reflects the quality and potential of NENT Group. Subject to EGM approval, we now expect NENT Group to be listed in the first quarter of next year.”
Emerging markets SVOD service Iflix has said it is on target to offer more than 80 premium linear channels to users by the end of 2018.News of the “significant expansion” to its linear offering came as Iflix added 13 new premium channels to its service, taking its current tally of licensed channels to 50.The new channels that are now available to users include Al Jazeera, Trace Urban, Trace Sports, beIN 1 and 2, Outdoor Channel, Bernama, Kompas TV, DW News, France 24, CCTV4 and CGTN.“The expansion of our linear channel offerings is an important step forward for our service as we commit greater resources to our world class live offerings hub focused on consumer innovation and customer engagement,” said Iflix co-founder and CEO, Mark Britt.“With now 50 linear channels on offer – soon to be 80, Iflix has created a universal remote control, consolidating a confusing array of entertainment options, personalised for each user’s individual preferences, all available on any device our users choose, with a single point of navigation to create a one-stop entertainment.”Iflix is currently available to consumers in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Maldives, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Cambodia, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Nepal, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Tanzania and Uganda. Channel availability it subject to licensing per territory.
ShareTweet Local residents Willie Hernandez, Sumeeta Gupta, Miriam Pascua, Audrey Marie Doherty and Billy Poon join Sue Divin from Derry City Council to prepare for last year’s Ubuntu Global Festival. Photo: Lorcan Doherty PhotographyDERRY City and Strabane District Council is urging community groups, schools, youth groups, individuals and artists to be part of the 2016 Ubuntu Festival of World Traditions.The festival, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 19th March in the Craft Village from 12 noon to 5 pm, is a celebration of global cultures represented in the local community and has been a huge success over the past number of years.Angela Askin, Good Relations officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council said ‘This festival is devoted to pursuing the ideals of a global community through active engagement with the diverse range of thoughts and cultural experiences which reflect our Diverse City and the values of all our people.“Ubuntu is a South African word meaning that all our identities and humanity are interlinked and should be respected.’ COUNCIL CALLS FOR UBUNTU FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS COUNCIL CALLS FOR UBUNTU FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS was last modified: January 7th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: Karan Leonard, Festival and Events Manager with Council, encouraging local groups and individuals to register to be part of the festival, said the Council is keen to get as many organisations involved in programming activities for the festival to include music and performance, arts and crafts, storytelling, exhibitions and much more.“The Ubuntu Festival has been a phenomenal success over the past number of years and we are keen to extend the invitation across the Council area to get as many local artists and community organisations to participate in the festival.“It’s a fantastic opportunity for groups and individuals across the Council area to be part of this celebration of diversity and culture and to showcase their talents,” she said.Groups or individuals interested in getting involved are asked to request an expression of interest form by contacting Megan Kelly , Events Officer at the Council, Megan.Kelly@derrystrabane.com Tel 028 71 253253. The deadline for all expressions of interest is Monday, 18 January 2016.
A thought-provoking play on how the Irish state and the settled community treat the Irish Traveller community will be coming to the Alley Theatre in Strabane for ‘free’ shows at 1 pm & 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 27, and the Playhouse Derry at 1 pm & 7.30 pm on Wednesday, February 28.Created in response to the Carrickmines tragedy – which claimed the lives of ten members of the travelling community in October 2015 when the caravans on their halting site caught fire, ‘Ireland Shed a Tear?’ is a play by acclaimed writer and actor, Michael Collins (Pavee Lackeen, Killinaskully, Glenroe, King of the Travellers).Using song and poetry, it portrays the life experiences of one Traveller family, while engaging the wider community in a dynamic and light-hearted way.In the aftermath of the fire that claimed the lives of ten members of the Connors and Gilbert families, including a pregnant mother, Tom sees the introduction of a national fire safety audit of Traveller accommodation as an opportunity for a better life for his family. Living conditions, safety, and issues with his local council might finally be resolved. ShareTweet DerryDIRECTOR MICHAEL COLLINSstrabane However, he soon discovers that the battle is far from over!The thought-provoking play looks at some of the issues of racism affecting the Traveller community as evident around the time of the funerals of the Carrickmines families in Bray and Wexford.It depicts travelling life in contemporary Ireland as a series of injustices – asking some difficult questions and hoping to provoke the consciousness of the settled community and their attitude towards the Traveller community.This production will also focus on Traveller issues around accommodation etc. locally and will include a Q&A with Michael and other local Travellers / Traveller representatives about issued raised during the production. Admission for the ‘Ireland Shed a Tear?’ shows are free and supported by DCSDC’s Good Relations Programme.For more information and to book your tickets please contact the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.com or the Playhouse at www.derryplayouse.co.uk or phone 02871 268027.THOUGHT-PROVOKING ‘IRELAND SHED A TEAR?’ COMES TO PLAYHOUSE AND ALLEY THEATRE was last modified: February 21st, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:
ShareTweet “The November High Court Ruling has highlighted one aspect of this fundamental flawed system; it’s blatant discrimination against those with mental health conditions.2If this Tory Government continues to dogmatically plough on with this system, I have no doubt there will be more successful High Court and Supreme Court cases taken against other aspects,” added the MLA.MALLON SECURES CONFIRMATION NO PIP CLAIMANTS WILL LOSE OUT FROM REVIEW was last modified: February 16th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: SDLP deputy leader Nicola MallonSDLP Social Justice Spokesperson Nichola Mallon says secured the “cast iron commitment” that no one will lose out from new but “flawed” PIP review.The confirmation was given a meeting she had with the Department for Communities.She has branded the new PIP system as “blatant discrimination of those with mental health conditions”.The development is good news for scores of people and families in Derry who rely on the social welfare payment.The SDLP deputy leader said: “At a meeting with the Department for Communities I secured the cast iron commitment that no one will lose out as a result of the new PIP review following the High Court Ruling.“The Department also assured me that no claimants will have to undergo reasssessment, instead the review will be a paper exercise.“This will bring relief to the thousands of vulnerable people here who rely on PIP and have already gone through the anxiety and stress of an assessment. “The PIP system is fundamentally flawed.“It is not about supporting disabled people to live as independently as possible. It is an ideologically driven assault on the disabled to balance the books.“I’ve written to the Secretary of State urging that legislation is brought forward immediately so that the review can begin here as quickly as possible.“Those people who were unfairly and unlawfully discriminated against because of their mental ill health deserve to receive their entitlement in full, backdated and with immediate effect. DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIEShigh courtMALLON SECURES CONFIRMATION NO PIP CLAIMANTS WILL LOSE OUT FROM REVIEWNICOLA MALLON MLASDLP DEPUTY LEADERSOCIAL JUSTICE SPOKESMANSUPREME COURT
Twitter Mail CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedLocal NewsNewsWatch 41 Year Old Wyoming County Man Arrested For Allegedly Hitting A Westside Student By Tyler BarkerSep 05, 2018, 11:02 am 891 0 Linkedin Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News 41 Year Old Wyoming County Man Arrested For Allegedly Hitting A Westside Student CLEAR FORK, WV (WOAY) – A Wyoming County man is in jail after getting into a fight with a student at Westside High School.Wyoming County Deputies say Nicalous Smith, 41, is accused of getting into an altercation on the road, when Smith followed the student to Westside High where he got into a fight and threw punches. Smith is charged with disrupting a school function and battery. He was arraigned this morning and being transported to Southern Regional Jail. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident. Tumblr Pinterest Next PostUPDATE: McDowell County Man Identified After Being Struck By A Train Previous PostFayette County Woman Arrested For Arson Trying To Kill Her Husband Google+ Facebook Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at email@example.com