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Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald at tea

first_imgArizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald at team OTAs, Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Tempe, Ariz. (Photo: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories Even so, Fitzgerald said the locker room is a place like any other in life: it requires relationship management. During the 2009 season, teammate Chike Okeafor was griping out loud, and well within earshot of reporters, about the four-year, $40 million contract extension Fitzgerald had signed before the 2008 season.“You always have to manage,” Fitzgerald said. “Look around this locker room; around the National Football League. We were all all-state performers and MVPs of our teams and division player of the years. We all come from storied backgrounds and so you get that many guys who are used to having success, there’s going to be some rubbing, there’s going to be some heads bumping. You just have to understand it’s about the team and it’s about making each other better without causing any friction.”Fitzgerald has come to enjoy that aspect as much as any part of his job. He is always ribbing or chatting with teammates, and he is so comfortable around media that he hijacked an interview with Jaron Brown last week to inject some humor.“I think I enjoy the relationship aspect of it more than I did,” he said. “I really like seeing the young guys working and having success and seeing their hard work pay off for them. I would definitely say I like being a teammate. That’s fun for me.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   There was no formality to this gathering, no check of his hair or clothing or teeth. Instead, Fitz hopped up on a countertop in the middle of the locker room, feet dangling like a kid, while a semi-circle of reporters and cameramen swelled around him.It’s a scene nobody would have witnessed in Fitzgerald’s rookie season. He was reluctant to talk to reporters then. It wasn’t that Fitzgerald was timid, as some have suggested. He was simply being respectful.“I’ve never been one to be unsure of myself, but when you come into the league at 20 years old and you make millions of dollars, there’s going to be resentment there,” he said. “There is going to be animosity a lot of times. I think the fastest way to bring that down is to show them that you can play and you want to work; you want to be a part of the team.”“Just from being a youngster, being a ball boy for the Vikings, I saw it was usually better when the rookies just shut their mouths and did their jobs. If you start talking to the media as a young guy, a lot of the veterans look at that and think ‘oh, he thinks he’s this.’ I just wanted to be quiet and keep working. Once I showed them I could play and they respected me, then I could be myself.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img It’s hard to fully believe a pro athlete when they say they don’t care about stats, accolades or money any more, but Fitzgerald brings a unique perspective to the table. Aside from the maturity his two sons have demanded from him, Fitzgerald’s famous travels have provided a broader perspective on his own life and the individual-centric American approach.“When you first get into the league, I just wanted to get to a Pro Bowl. Everything is personal,” he said. “When you’re young, you have to establish yourself and then as you get older, once you have established yourself, individual accolades and statistics and things like that don’t really matter to you any more.“Winning a championship puts me in a completely different stratosphere. I know I have to go out and perform to help my team win but it’s not how many catches or how many yards. It doesn’t matter at this point any more.”It is all the more urgent for Fitzgerald, who turns 34 in August, to check that final box as he enters another season that could be his last, playing on an expiring contract.“Look at Carson [Palmer] and guys like Tom Brady and all the older guys. How much more money can we make? How many more touchdowns can they throw?” he said. “It’s not going to change much of anything with how people look at them. Winning is all that matters at this point. That’s it.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — It’s easy to feel comfortable sitting in Larry Fitzgerald’s skin. He is a Valley icon whose name is synonymous with the Cardinals organization. He is a multi-millionaire. If he never catches another NFL pass, his place at the Pro Football Hall of Fame is assured, and he is beloved by a fan base, a city and truth be told, much of the local media.Maybe that’s why reporters had given Fitzgerald a hall pass on interviews through most of OTAs. Fitzgerald must have sensed this as he was on his way out of the Cardinals’ locker room on Tuesday after a one-on-one interview. All it took was one additional request and he agreed to return for a full-on media scrum. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 11last_img read more

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Miami stadium could rise from ruins under restorat

first_imgMiami stadium could rise from ruins under restoration plan Miami Marine Stadium is a shell of its former self.What was once home to world-class speedboat races, sold-out rock concerts and boxing matches now sits abandoned behind a fenced-off section of Virginia Key, a slice of land south of downtown Miami.More than a quarter-century after the modernist concrete structure was condemned due to hurricane damage, trespassers have replaced patrons. Security guards are the new ushers. Heaping piles of illegally dumped trash and rubble now cover a ground once carpeted by ticket stubs.The City of Miami has committed $42 million to restore the stadium and create a mixed-use park around it.“We want this to be a signature space,” the municipality’s chief of urban design, David Snow, said at a recent town hall meeting organized to solicit public opinion.Previous attempts by past administrations and outside groups all failed amid budget concerns and fruitless political negotiations. But now the city has the political wherewithal to get it done, and in fact has already hired a design team, Snow said, noting, “We’ve been waiting for this since 1992.”Built in 1963, Miami Marine Stadium was the brainchild of a young and ambitious Cuban architect named Hilario Candela.For decades, it was home to hundreds of spectacles. In 1972, Sammy Davis Jr. warmly embraced President Richard Nixon at the stadium during a rally to support his re-election bid. Queen performed there in 1975, when tickets cost a mere $3 apiece. And other musicians, from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Whitney Houston and Jimmy Buffet, entertained crowds from the stadium’s floating stage.The festivities came to an abrupt end in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew swept through South Florida, leaving cracks in the foundation that prompted Miami officials to condemn the building.Candela, now serving as the project’s associate architect, described the city’s original assessment as flawed and politically motivated. He said the damage was not from the hurricane but a direct result of lack of maintenance. “We knew that for a fact,” he said.For years, the stadium sat vacant without proper oversight and continued to decay. If not for the dogged efforts of the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, an advocacy group that successfully fought to have it designated as a historical landmark in 2008, it would have been demolished.“It felt tremendous” said Candela, who served as one of the group’s organizers. Something he dreamed up nearly 50 years prior would “remain forever,” he added.Despite this feat, the stadium remains fenced off from the public.Its rooms and concourses have been stripped bare, corroded by the elements. Rusted light fixtures from the vaulted cantilever roof have crashed to the ground and wedged themselves between aisles of janky seats. Layers upon layers of graffiti have spread like invasive vines across every wall.Silvia Royer is overwhelmed by a mix of nostalgia and frustration when she thinks of the stadium that she grew up with. The 45-year-old Miami resident said the city failed its citizens by closing it.“It made you love Miami,” Royer said. She recalled attending concerts and sporting events during which attendees docked their boats near the stadium and drank beer from flotation devices, watching performances while wading in the water.“You can’t do that in New York City. You can’t do that anywhere else,” she said.Four years after the stadium received historical landmark status, a 2012 study conducted by the World Monuments Fund deemed the building structurally sound. Public records show the assessment was backed by a 2017 study conducted by Wiss Janney Elstner, an Illinois firm responsible for overseeing the restoration and structural maintenance of the Sydney Opera House. The stadium was added to the National Register of Historic Places in April 2018.“This entire project is meant to be a historic preservation,” said Richard Heisenbottle, president of RJ Heisenbottle Architects, a local firm hired by the city to oversee the stadium’s restoration.He added that although the group intends to maintain the stadium’s original structure, a significant emphasis will be placed on providing modern amenities so that the venue can once again provide a world-class sensory experience to audiences.“We want people to come to the stadium even when they’re not going to a concert,” said Heisenbottle, who noted that the firm’s goal is to allow visitors to have access on off days to enjoy the views of Miami’s skyline and Biscayne Bay.Officials hope the restoration will be completed by 2020.On a recent afternoon, the only sounds heard inside came from boaters playing electronic dance music on small luxury vessels docked out in the basin. Iguanas sunbathed and roamed freely throughout the structure. The closest thing to a celebrity sighting was a mother attempting to take headshots of her daughter for a television show audition.A security guard gently asked them to leave. They didn’t have a permit to be on the property.Ellis Rua, The Associated Press In this Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 photo, graffiti covers the walls of the derelict Miami Marine Stadium, on Virginia Key, in Miami. The stadium was once the home to world-class events such as concerts and speedboat races. The city condemned the modernist concrete structure after Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida in 1992. The city has announced its intentions to restore the stadium. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ellis Rua, The Associated Press Posted Nov 23, 2018 12:26 pm PDTlast_img read more

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Gov Snyder signs Rep Forlini electronic notice legislation

first_img21May Gov. Snyder signs Rep. Forlini electronic notice legislation Lawmaker: Email communication easier for landlord and tenant Categories: Newscenter_img Governor Snyder today signed into law legislation ensuring that landlords and renters have another legal venue to discuss renter status.House Bill 4038, introduced by state Rep. Anthony Forlini, allows landlords to send notices via e-mail. Rep. Forlini said one purpose of the bill was to ensure that tenants are properly and legally informed of their status.“Paper notices are becoming more and more outdated, and can be lost or damaged through no fault of either party,” said Rep. Forlini, R-Harrison Township. “Electronic contact is the commonplace standard today, and this legislation will make these sensitive communications both easier to deliver and more private on behalf of the renter.”Rep. Forlini said the bill also allows property managers to more easily and reliably deliver notifications to their tenants. The legislation would provide that tenants must give advance permission in a written agreement.“Most people these days check their e-mail far more often than their mailbox,” Rep. Forlini said, “They deserve the opportunity to be informed of these notices as soon as possible, and landlords should be able to use the best technology available to communicate effectively with their renters.”House Bill 4038 is now Public Act 36 of 2015.last_img read more

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Rep Potvin to meet with residents in Barryton Sept 19

first_img14Sep Rep. Potvin to meet with residents in Barryton Sept. 19 State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, is holding office hours Monday, Sept. 19, to meet with residents of the 102nd House District. He will be available from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Williams Café, 19636 30th Ave. in Barryton.“I regret that I wasn’t able to make it to Barryton last month, and I’m looking forward to meeting with residents there on Sept. 19,” Rep. Potvin said. “I hope people take an opportunity to come to Williams Café and sit down with me. I enjoy hearing feedback from residents in our district, and I’m always happy to answer questions about what is going on in Lansing.”No appointment is necessary for office hours. Anyone unable to attend can contact Rep. Potvin’s Lansing office at (517) 373-1747. The representative also can be reached by email at philpotvin@house.mi.gov; or by mail at S-1386 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.##### Categories: Newslast_img read more

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WomanBased Outreach Eliminates High Child Mortality in Mali What Can Your Nonprofit

first_imgShare38Tweet6ShareEmail44 SharesFrom MusoHealth.orgMarch 12, 2018; ForbesSometimes our current models of community support can just be dead wrong: A nonprofit organization, supported by a network of philanthropists, has virtually reversed childhood mortality in Bamako, the capital of Mali, where the childhood mortality rate was among the highest in the world. With its innovative proactive healthcare approach, Muso, which means “woman” in the local language, empowers women and community leaders to eliminate disease in their communities before it spreads or worsens, saving children’s lives through rapid treatment of life-threatening illnesses.Muso recently published in the journal BMJ Global Health the results of a seven-year study of its implementation of its anti-poverty intervention, called the Muso Model. The study began in 2008 when one in seven children in Mali died before their fifth birthday. At the study’s end, the death rate was 1-in-142, the lowest in sub-Saharan Africa and better than the levels in some US states.Muso designed the strategy, which it implemented with the help of the Malian government, to train community health workers to go door-to-door seeking out and treating sick children rather than waiting for them to be brought to clinics. By treating children within the first signs of illness, workers improve their chances of recovery, particularly for the diseases deadliest among young children like pneumonia, malnutrition, diarrhea, and malaria.A contributing factor to this proactive approach of seeking out patients is that it takes the burden of identifying symptoms and taking the child to the clinic off the parents and family members, thus ensuring that the child receives expert care at the earliest signs of symptoms. This strategy of proactive community case management is a reversal from the previous trend of reactivity which leaves public health agencies unprepared for a crisis, like in the case of Zika and other rare diseases that only receive attention when they become problems.In response to the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization created a Blueprint Plan for Action to reduce the lag time between the onset of an epidemic and when medical interventions can be made available. By prioritizing under-studied pathogens and potential threats, assessments can be made regarding a community’s resilience or susceptibility to an epidemic. Then, activities can be targeted to build community capacity where it is most needed. This sort of pre-emptive and proactive approach is relatively new to healthcare and international development, which is often viewed now as reacting to illness rather than promoting wellness.The development of collaborative and coordinated public health interventions is part of what has made Muso’s strategy successful. What has perhaps made an even greater difference is the inclusion of members of the community who were trained as health workers. They went to their neighbors, to people who knew them and spoke their language and trusted them. Employing local staff who can integrate strategies long after an aid agency has left turns short-term interventions into long-term solutions. Interventions comprised of locals build the capacity of individuals in those communities by giving them good jobs and reduces dependence on foreign aid.Women and girls are disproportionately negatively impacted by humanitarian crises, making up 70 percent of the global population in poverty. That in itself is a good reason to invest in women, another is that investing in women and girls has a disproportionately positive impact on their families and communities. As Melinda Gates said succinctly at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in 2014, “when we invest in women, we invest in the people who invest in everyone else.”There are numerous factors that make Muso’s recent success in Mali extraordinary: the severity of child mortality at the beginning of the study, the short length of the intervention, and the relatively small amount of funding that has been contributed to the project so far. While studies with control groups need to be conducted to conclusively attribute Muso’s efforts to the steep decline in childhood mortality in Mali, these promising early results indicate that this approach has the potential to make critical headway on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of reducing childhood mortality worldwide by 2030.—Mi LovejoyShare38Tweet6ShareEmail44 Shareslast_img read more

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Just over a week after videoondemand technology

first_imgJust over a week after video-on-demand technology company SeaChange announced that it would be selling its broadcast server and storage business, CEO Raghu Rau said the company will attempt to sell its media services business, including On Demand Group.Speaking on a conference call announcing SeaChange’s full year results, Rau said, “We are…actively engaged in the potential divestiture of our media services business.” He said the unit was not core to the company’s strategy of turning itself into a pure software company.“Our focus in fiscal 2013 is on the execution of our strategy to transform the company into a pure-play software provider, lowering our overall cost structure, delivering industry leading, next generation solutions and achieving superior financial results,” said CEO Rau. “We recently announced the divestiture of our broadcast servers and storage business and are actively engaged in the potential divesture of other non-core assets that do not fit into our long-term business strategy.”SeaChange reported full year revenues of $197.7 million (€148), down US$4 million on the corresponding period in 2010.last_img read more

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Connected TV specialist Capablue has completed a r

first_imgConnected TV specialist Capablue has completed a round of funding and recruited a new director.Capablue said it would use the money to scale the company, improve business development in vertical sectors, strengthen its cloud-based technology platform and expand internationally. The company has also appointed advertising entrepreneur Charlie Makin as a director. Makin will help Capablue to increase its profile among brand owners and advertising agencies.“The market for the consumption of content and services has changed with the emergence of internet connected devices,” said Makin. “People now interact with content and brands over a number of devices and this market is continuing to grow. New technologies like Capablue’s are enabling both brands and agencies, regardless of size, to evolve with this changing TV market and reach new audiences worldwide. This is an untapped market for these companies and I’m looking forward to working with Capablue to change that.”last_img read more

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Qatarbased satellite operator EshailSat has laun

first_imgQatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has launched itself at the Cabsat Dubai exhibition this week, showcasing the first of its planned global fleet of satellites, Es’hail 1.Es’hail 1 is scheduled for launch this summer, offering Ku-band and Ka-band capacity, with coverage of the MENA region from the 25.5° East orbital position.Based in Doha, Qatar, the company will own and operate satellites to provide television, internet, corporate and government services to customers across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.  About 13 million homes are reachable from the 25.5° East position.“We are delighted to participate for the first time at Cabsat.  It is the must attend event for the broadcast, digital media and satellite sector in the region.  It’s also the ideal forum for us to showcase Es’hailSat as new but solid company with the credibility, resources and talent to deliver reliable, quality services across the Middle East and North Africa”, said Ali Al Kuwari, CEO of Es’hailSat. “With one satellite under construction and future satellites planned, Cabsat will help us to achieve our goal to become a world-class satellite operator and center of excellence in the region.  We will provide broadcasting independence, quality service and wide geographical coverage for this dynamic and fast-growing market in satellite services.  We see this exhibition as a key element in our marketing strategy going forward.”last_img read more

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A strong performance in the Americas and sales of

first_imgA strong performance in the Americas and sales of SmarDTV conditional access modules boosted Switzerland-based TV technology provider Kudelski’s top line growth for the first half of the year, with revenue growing by CHF1.9 million to CHF390.2 million (€315.9 million).The growth came despite a hit from the European economic crisis and the divestiture of Kudelski subsidiary Abilis.North And South America contributed 12.1% growth thanks to the sale of new smartcards to Dish Network and expansion in South America with customers including Costa Rica’s Rasca and Telefónica/OpenTV5 in Chile.Kudelski reported operating income of CHF16.9 million for the first half compared with a CHF2.5 million loss for the comparable period last year.last_img read more

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Belgian telco Belgacom has launched its TV Replay

first_imgBelgian telco Belgacom has launched its TV Replay service in Flanders and Brussels, allowing viewers to watch shows up to 36 hours after they’ve aired on different devices. The service, which Belgacom began trialling in November, lets Belgacom TV customers access programmed from their TV, computer, tablet or smartphone.Starting from this week, the TV Replay offering will consist of content from six channels – één, één HD, Canvas, Canvas HD, Ketnet/OP12, VIER, VIER HD, Belgacom 11, Belgacom 11+, and Belgacom 5.A second launch phase, slated for April 15, will see seven more channels be added – Vijf, Vijf HD, VTM, VTMHD, 2BE, 2BE HD, Vitaya, JIM, anne and VtmKzoom.“Belgacom is the first to launch such a product on the digital TV market in Belgium, in cooperation with the channels. Thanks to this new product, you don’t have to worry if you forget to record a program, and you are no longer dependent on the TV guide. With TV Everywhere, customers could watch TV wherever they wanted: TV Replay now allows them to also do this whenever they want,” the firm said.TV Replay will cost customers €3 per month, while a TV Replay+ option that will allow viewers to also skip forwards through programmes costs €7 per month.The rollout follows a successful four-month test with 10,000 Dutch-speaking Belgacom TV customers.The news comes days after Belgacom said it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Vivendi about selling 100% of its shares in ICT services company Groupe Telindus France.last_img read more

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Swedish streaming firm Voddler has started rolling

first_imgSwedish streaming firm Voddler has started rolling out a new global video-on-demand service for Bollywood content, called Bollyvod. The service has gone live in the US, with worldwide launches to follow in the coming months.Voddler said it has secured more than 100,000 hours of content for Bollyvod – including the latest movies and shows from Bollywood’s leading studios – and claims it is aiming at global audience of some 700 million people.“In many countries, Bollywood fans are a niche audience. On a global scale, though, they are a mass market crying out for Indian cinema and TV-shows,” said Voddler CEO Marcus Bäcklund.“Bollyvod gives people exactly what they want: good content truly anywhere and anytime, with an extraordinary quality of service. In doing this, Bollywood crushes piracy. So while Hollywood struggles with its digital transition, Bollywood will generate new revenue and make piracy streaming irrelevant, thanks to one global disruptive move.”Voddler said it will deliver the Bollywood content using its peer-to-peer cloud Vnet, which is designed to allow content owners to reach large audiences, even in low bandwidth regions.last_img read more

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BSkyB has extended its quality assurance agreement

first_imgBSkyB has extended its quality assurance agreement with Agama, using the latter’s monitoring solution to now also cover OTT service playout for Sky’s Now TV and Sky Go offerings.Sky has expanded its existing monitoring solution from Agama, allowing it to  ensure that its adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming services are available with the right quality, improving the end-user experience.“At Sky we are committed to offering our customers high-quality content and the best quality TV experience possible. The Agama solution provides crucial insights to improve and ensure our OTT service delivery platform, which supports us in delivering a high-quality experience and service to our customers,” said Sky’s senior design engineer for emerging technologies, Vlad Korotkov.last_img read more

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Netflix has spoken out in support FCC Chairman Tom

first_imgNetflix has spoken out in support FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who said in a recent speech that there is not enough broadband competition to protect consumers and businesses who rely on the internet.In an official blog post, Christopher Libertelli, Netflix’s vice president of global public policy, called for a positive agenda for bigger, faster, cheaper broadband and “all the innovation it brings.”“If the future of broadband competition is ‘inexorably tied’ to America’s economic opportunity, how can we settle for a situation where nearly three-quarters of Americans lack a competitive choice for fast Internet service,” asked Libertelli.“As is the case in most industries, improvements such as faster speeds or lower prices generally result from real competition. Without it, there are no market pressures to set appropriate pricing and no alternatives for consumers and businesses alike.”last_img read more

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Modern Times Group MTG is now providing automate

first_imgModern Times Group (MTG) is now providing automated video-on-demand advertising sales in Scandinavia with the launch of its programmatic trading platform, VideoRange.The platform, which was launched by MTG’s digital accelerator MTGx, will cover automated advertisement video on demand (AVOD) inventory sales in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, as well as MTG’s AVOD services in the Baltics, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.MTG claims VideoRange is “the first service of its kind in each market to enable media buying agencies and advertisers to buy full length premium video advertising inventory.”MTG president and CEO, Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, said: “We have a long tradition of always innovating the way we do business, and the launch of a fast, digital and flexible trading platform for online video advertising is the next step in the evolution of our industry.“The market for programmatic advertising trading is still young and our service is the first one covering full length professional TV and sports content. We look forward to making it even easier for our ad buyers to use our digital entertainment platforms to reach and understand their customers.”MTG’s AVOD channels show catch-up content from the group’s free-TV channels, as well as original shortform content.last_img read more

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Russian broadcaster CTC Media was hit by a commerc

first_imgRussian broadcaster CTC Media was hit by a commercial, macroeconomic and regulatory storm in the third quarter, suffering from both a fall in its audience share and the overall weakness of the Russian advertising market.CTC reported a 15% slide in revenues in ruble terms and a 51% fall in dollar terms to RUB4.9 billion (€70 million) for the third quarter. OIBDA was RUB569.7 million, down 69% in ruble terms and down 84% in dollar terms.“Although we saw some recent strengthening in the Russian advertising market, the third quarter of 2015 has been a challenging period for CTC Media as a result of regulatory, macroeconomic and commercial developments. In light of these macroeconomic headwinds, we are pleased that our overall results remained positive, with an OIBDA margin of 11.6%,” said Yuliana Slashcheva, CEO of CTC Media.Slashcheva said that “the first nine months of 2015 have been extremely challenging for CTC Media and the Russian advertising market overall” although the rate of decline had slowed in the third quarter. CTC’s audience share was hit by new must-carry regulations, which saw the number of channels carried by cable and satellite operators grow to encompass all channels on the country’s first and second digital multiplexes.last_img read more

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Spanish markets regulator the CNMC has imposed a €

first_imgSpanish markets regulator the CNMC has imposed a €5 million fine on Telefónica for charging rival operators for faults on wholesale leased lines.According to the regulator, the telecom operator broke rules governing the supply of wholesale lines – known as the Oferta de Acceso al Bucle de Abonado (OBA) – by levying penalties for faults on them to the tune of €26.12 a line without meeting the requirements that would have allowed it to attribute blame for the faults to the operators leasing the lines.The regulator said that while categorising faults reported by operators as ‘false’ and levying a penalty subsequently is permitted by the OBA rules, Telefónica failed to meet the stringent requirements that would have allowed it to do this legitimately.The CNMC said the telco failed to carry out the necessary verification procedures and ruled that between 53.8% and 78.2% of the total number of faults for which penalties were levied were incorrectly categorised.last_img read more

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Alticeowned French service provider SFR is making

first_imgAltice-owned French service provider SFR is making its subscription video-on-demand service SFR Play available as a pure OTT TV offering, available to users in metropolitan France irrespective of which broadband service they take.The SVOD service will be available from €9.99 a month without an ongoing subscription commitment, offering TV series, movies and kids programming across any network to multiple devices, including PCs and TVs via Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay.Until now SFR Play has only been available to the company’s own fixed and mobile subscribers.To boost its appeal, the new SFR Play app will include access to exclusive series such as its top-rated show Les Médicis, Maîtres de Florence, Sirènes and recent addition The Same Sky. Coming soon to SFR Play will be a TV version of the Luc Besson-produced Taken movie franchise, which will be part-financed by parent group Altice’s recently launched Altice Studios arm.Taken will star Clive Standen (Vikings, Camelot), Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, The L World), Brooklyn Sudano (11.22.63) and Gaius Charles (Grey’s Anatomy), and will be co-produced by EuropaCorp Television and Universal Television. Alexander Carey (Homeland), Alex Graves (Game of Thrones, Homeland), Luc Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros will produce.The series is a big budget effort, with a total of €40 million for 10 x 45 mins. episodes. One episode a week will be made available on SFR Play just after its airing on NBC in the US.With 1.2 million subscribers, SFR claims that SFR Play, which incorporates the old Zive service, is the leading SVOD offering in France. As well as TV series, the service offers a catalogue of close to 1,000 movies, of which about 30% are domestic productions. SFR also has a deal with Disney to provide a broad catalogue of family and kids content.last_img read more

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Disney EMEA is launching So Sammy a new short for

first_imgDisney EMEA is launching So Sammy, a new short form series from British comedian Miranda Hart.The series will be made by UK indie King Bert, which Hart founded in 2014 alongside fellow comic and actor David Walliams,with backing from BBC Worldwide.So Sammy is the first original for the Disney Channel’s dedicated app and launches this Saturday.The series follows Sammy, a young vlogger and her colourful family. It launches in the UK and will then roll out across Europe.Hart, best known as the star of BBC comedy Miranda, created the 10x2mins show, marking her first move in kids TV.“I hope kids everywhere will be enchanted by lovely, funny Sammy who gets herself in to many silly scrapes and adventures, much to our delight,” Hart said. “ With the show set in the intriguing world of tween vlogging, it is a perfect fit that So Sammy has its platform on the Disney Channel app.”Helene Etzi, GM, Disney Channels EMEA added: “The series demonstrates our commitment to creating shows that resonate with our local audiences and are made in a format that is convenient for them, whether that’s in the comfort of their own home or while they’re on the go.”last_img read more

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The Tories are on an ideological crusade to remov

first_img“The Tories are on an ideological crusade to remove it.“Another important conclusion of the committee was their declared support for a Bill of Rights specifically for the north.“This Bill of Rights was to supplement the Human Rights Act and enhance human rights provision in the north of Ireland.“Its introduction was agreed in the Good Friday Agreement yet the British Government has not made any progress on this matter at all. ShareTweet “Given that we now face a British Government with human rights safeguards firmly in their crosshairs, it is now essential we both protect the Human Rights Act and move towards the introduction of a Bill of Rights for people in the north of Ireland.”ANDERSON WELCOMES UN CONCERNS OVER PLANS TO SCRAP HUMAN RIGHTS ACT was last modified: September 3rd, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: SINN Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the United Nations is right to be concerned about implications for the North of the British government’s plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.Speaking after the publication of a report by a United Nations Committee, Ms Anderson said;“The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has expressed its concern and opposition to the planned scrapping of the Human Rights Act by the British Government.Speaking after the publication of a report by a United Nations Committee, Ms Anderson said;“The Human Rights Act gives effect to the European Convention on Human Rights, gives people direct access to the European Court of Human Rights and underpins the Good Friday Agreement. ANDERSON WELCOMES UN CONCERNS OVER PLANS TO SCRAP HUMAN RIGHTS ACTBILL OF RIGHTSEUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTSMartina AndersonSINN FEIN MEPlast_img read more

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NewsWatchSportsSports NewsWVU

first_img NewsWatchSportsSports NewsWVU WVU Picked as Four-Seed in NCAA Tournament By Matt DigbyMar 12, 2017, 18:48 pm 1139 0 Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More Home NewsWatch WVU Picked as Four-Seed in NCAA Tournament Mail Tumblr Facebook Pinterest Previous PostLegislature Considering Changes to Voter ID Law Twitter Google+ WOAY – West Virginia men’s basketball will return to action Thursday when they play Bucknell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, New York.The Mountaineers will be the fourth seed of the West region in their third straight NCAA appearance.West Virginia enters the tournament with a 26-8 record, tying for second in the Big 12 regular season, and finishing runner-up in the conference tournament for a second straight year.The Mountaineers’ all-time NCAA Tournament record is 27-27, though they are 9-7 under current head coach Bob Huggins. He led WVU to their best-ever finish in the tournament when they reached the 2010 Final Four.Should West Virginia beat the Bison, they would face Notre Dame or Princeton on Saturday. Next PostFirm opening West Virginia natural gas equipment shop Linkedinlast_img read more

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