Students slam beefed up security in schools

first_imgSecondary and technical schools will be equipped with security guards who will remain on site from 7am until 2pm as of the 2019/20 school year, a measure which student union Psem dubbed on Tuesday a “conservative setback” for Cyprus education.Speaking after a meeting held on Monday with education organisations, organised parents and student groups, Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris announced a series of agreed measures to tackle delinquent behaviour and violence in schools.With a series of measures such as the fencing of schools and the installation of cameras and intercoms to control entry already in the pipeline, Hambiaouris announced that a total of 56 security guards will be stationed in secondary and technical schools as of September.The measure, put forward by organised parents groups, is staunchly opposed by Psem.“The introduction of guards, high fences, and security cameras only work to enhance repression, which will in no circumstances foster a meaningful resolution of the issue but will contrastingly contribute to the augmentation of the issue through the surveillance and terrorism of students,” Psem said on Tuesday.Psem noted that in response to their submitted proposal for measures focusing on the prevention of violence in schools, Hambiaouris cited economic and other difficulties.“In simple terms, the ministry told us that there is money available to invest in measures of repression, but no money for further enhancement of preventative measures through the introduction of more educational psychologists, social workers and councillors,” Psem added.In his statements, Hambiaouris noted that the educational psychology service will be boosted through the opening of 20 positions, which will also serve to reinforce the emergency response team in schools.Proposals for measures were submitted by all parties participating at the meeting.Regarding the request submitted for more social workers in schools, Hambiaouris said that this will require inter-ministerial cooperation, and will have to be discussed before the council of ministers.“The issue of delinquency is becoming increasingly worrying due to the increasing problems and inequalities that prevail in society, and consequently in schools,” Psem said.Psem highlighted the need for a holistic handling of the issue, which cannot be solved through sporadic interventions and occasional measures based on repression, but requires adequate support of students in their school and social lives.Further measures such as the fencing of schools and the installation of intercoms to control entry were announced by the ministry last October.During the same period last year, the ministry announced a six-pillar national strategy to combat violence in schools, seeking to promote a safe school environment, and to respond in the best way possible to pupils’ emotional and social needs.The need for stepping up measures to target violence in schools was highlighted once more last month when three people were injured during a fight at the Larnaca technical school Ayios Lazarus after a student under attack called on teachers to come to his assistance.Yiannos Socratous, president of secondary-schoolteachers union Oelmek said that “teachers cannot and should not be turned from educators into police officers.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

IMF downgrades Cyprus growth forecast

first_imgThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday revised downward its 2019 growth forecast for Cyprus to 3.5 per cent from its October estimate of 4.2 per cent.For 2020, the IMF expects the economy to grow by 3.3 per cent.Inflation will reach around 0.5 per cent this year against 1.8 per cent forecast in October. In 2020 it is expected to rise to 1.6 per cent.The IMF also foresees a gradual reduction in unemployment. The fund said it expects unemployment to drop by 1.4 per cent in 2019, to 7 per cent. Next year unemployment will fall further to around 6 per cent, the IMF said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Private labs complain Gesy means more work for less money

first_imgPrivate clinical laboratories that have joined Gesy said on Tuesday they face many problems after the system was introduced mainly due to technical issues and procedures that in some cases takes four times longer to complete.Head of the Clinical Laboratories Association Charilaos Charilaou told the Cyprus News Agency the technical problems have knock-on effects on their work.He said before joining Gesy private labs had a different way of running clinical tests but now, for the same analyses, it takes four times longer.Charilaou said that there are now many referrals for each Gesy patient while it should be only one for all the analyses they need. “There should a single referral that includes the haematological, biochemical, microbiological and immune tests labs examination. Now there are four different documents,” he said. This means labs have to do four different procedures and registrations and it takes four times longer to complete for less than half of what they used to be paid.He said private sector labs had developed a way of working to offer quick, quality services so both doctors and patients were satisfied.“We are now lost in this process. They have turned us into a ‘hospital situation’ because they have designed the system for hospitals.”He said the whole procedure should be simplified and all referrals replaced by a single one for each patient.Charilaou also expressed concerns over the new software system they are using which, he said, make things more difficult since it is still uncharted territory.He expressed pessimism over positive changes in the revised software programme that will be available as of Friday because nothing changes for private labs.“They have designed it for hospitals where laboratories are scattered. They take each patient’s blood in four bottles to send it to the hematology, microbiology lab, etc,” Charilaou said.He added that the association raised the issue some five months ago.As things stand now, he said, there is no barrier to how many analyses are being ordered while due to this oversubscription clinical laboratories have raised concerns over their fees.“We do not know what to do with the payments, with our costs,” Charilaou said, adding that labs now wonder whether they will be permanently working to this rhythm.The head of the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) Thomas Antoniou said earlier in the week a revised version of the Gesy software programme already in use would be launched.Antoniou said the software operated very well, exceeding expectations but that it would be further improved.Cyprus, he said, may be one of the first countries to introduce a universal IT system for all services.“The software is working, but as with all software improvements will be made based on observations from users,” Antoniou said.He added it will be improved constantly.Antoniou said healthcare providers have been trained to use the software, while more training sessions would follow for all professionals.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Bank of Cyprus offloads more nonperforming loans

first_imgBank of Cyprus has recently sold non-performing exposures worth €33.7m to distressed debt manager APS, which is also handling Hellenic Bank’s portfolio of bad debts.According to the Cyprus News Agency, dubbed Velocity, the project concerns loans nominally worth €245m whose net value is €33.7m after BoC wrote off about 86 per cent.This is the second bad debt transaction completed by BoC after Helix, which concerned the sale of loans worth €2.8bn, €2.7bn being NPEs.The Velocity deal involves 9,700 borrowers – 8,800 individuals and 900 small and medium businesses.It is made of many small loans, worth on average €12,500, which are difficult to administer since 90 per cent show delays of over five years.After Helix, BoC reduced its bad debts to €5bn, or 37 per cent of its portfolio. The lender has cut its NPEs by €10bn since December 2014.A further €0.9bn in bad debts will be heading to Estia, a government plan to assist, support and protect vulnerable households who have mortgaged their primary residences for loans.Also, some €0.6bn in restructured loans are on their way to be reclassified as serviced by the end of the year.By the middle of 2020, BoC expects to have cut its NPEs to €3.5bn, or 26.11 per cent, provided the loans are serviced normally.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Tedder bill improves endoflife care for people of Michigan

first_img A bill sponsored by state Rep. Jim Tedder requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to assemble a committee to advise on the development of a standardized Physician Ordered Scope of Treatment (POST) form was today approved with overwhelming support by the Michigan House of Representatives.A POST form is an advance care planning tool designed to ensure people forced to make difficult end-of-life medical treatment choices are given the respect they deserve in multiple health care settings. The form guides emergency medical personnel and health care providers in whether to administer life-sustaining measures, such as CPR, intubation, antibiotics and feeding tubes, when the patient is no longer able to do so.“We have a responsibility to safeguard patients’ wishes at the most vulnerable time of their lives,” said Tedder, of Clarkston. “The POST form ensures that we give people a voice before they become unable to communicate their wishes themselves.”The bill is part of a four-bill, bipartisan package to establish a standard practice for POST forms in Michigan. Twenty-two states have POST programs and 23 have developing programs in the works.Other bills in the package allow a guardian to implement, reaffirm of revoke a POST form, require adult foster care facilities to comply with medical orders provided for on a POST form, and requires health professionals to comply with the most recent order or form when both a DNR order and a POST form exist for a patient.The package of bills was approved with overwhelmingly with 106 votes of support.  The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.Questions about this legislation may be directed to Rep. Tedder at (517) 373-0615 or JimTedder@house.mi.gov.### 20Jun Tedder bill improves end-of-life care for people of Michigan Categories: Tedder Newslast_img read more

House panel hears Representative García bill to protect students officers in school

first_img State Representative Daniela R. García, of Holland, testified before the House Education Reform Committee today on legislation to help ensure the safety of all students and limit response time for school resource officers called to respond to school incidents.García’s legislation addresses a loophole in restraint and seclusion legislation signed into law in 2016, which calls for specific training of teachers, administrators and education personnel in addition to regulations for seclusion and restraint in emergency situations. Her bill ensures school resource officers, who are contracted to a school district from a law enforcement department in the region, are able to utilize their training to effectively resolve incidents that may arise.“Clarity was needed in a state law to make certain our school resource officers were not limited in their response to incidents that occur within a school,” Representative García said. “Currently, an officer may have to respond to a potentially dangerous situation by placing a student under arrest or wait until a second officer responded to the scene to limit exposing the school officer to legal liability. I’m certain neither one of those options are acceptable to parents across Michigan.”The issue was brought to Representative García by local law enforcement and school officials. Testifying with her today was Holland Police Officer Joe Soto and Holland High School Assistant Principal Kevin Griffin.“I was happy to listen to the concerns my local police and school officials had with this law,” García said. “We’ve been able to work quickly to address this issue that will impact many school districts statewide.  Our number one priority has been the safety of students, staff and law enforcement officers, and this bill will help to provide that safety.”HB 5126 remains under consideration of the committee.State Representative Daniela R. García, of Holland, speaks before the House Education Reform Committee in support of her legislation to address a loophole in state restraint and seclusion law pertaining to school resource officers. Joining García were Holland Police Officer Joe Soto (right) and Holland High School Assistant Principal Kevin Griffin. 19Oct House panel hears Representative García bill to protect students, officers in school Categories: Garcia News,Newslast_img read more

Rep LaFave votes to protect Michigan drivers from speed traps

first_img Categories: LaFave News State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, voted this week to protect Michigan drivers from unsafe driving conditions and unfair speed traps.LaFave voted against House Bill 4118, which would allow communities to go without speed limit signs on certain residential streets. The House approved the bill despite LaFave’s opposition.“Speed limit signage gives drivers, police, and traffic courts the information needed to enforce safe driving on our roadways,” LaFave said. “Without speed limit signs, safety can be compromised and drivers could unfairly be caught in speed traps.”LaFave said all Michigan roads are unique and should have clearly posted speed limits.“Drivers need to know what the speed limit is- and that requires a speed limit sign.” LaFave said.LaFave also worries more unsuspecting drivers would be caught in speed traps because speed limits would not be clearly marked.“It’s already too expensive to drive in Michigan and this would make it even worse,” LaFave said. “More drivers would get speeding tickets. Then their car insurance rates – already the highest in the nation – would climb even higher. It’s a recipe for disaster.”House Bill 4118 now goes to the Senate for consideration.#### 25Apr Rep. LaFave votes to protect Michigan drivers from speed trapslast_img read more

Voucher Tenants Need Protection from Discrimination and Preemption

first_imgShare13Tweet2Share1Email16 SharesOctober 27, 2016; Dallas ObserverEven as some senators put more emphasis on housing choice vouchers (HCV) and recognize the social value of mobility, state governments are raising roadblocks to Source of Income (SOI) protections for HCV households.In response to local initiatives to expand discrimination protections (and a host of other issues), business interests have come to rely on more conservative state legislatures to block a wide variety of local initiatives. The root of the problem is that gerrymandered state house and senate districts have given more conservative rural communities the balance of power in state legislatures.Dallas is the latest example of towns and cities having to deal with state preemption. The Dallas Observer tells how a progressive city council in Dallas has backed down from a confrontation with the Texas State Legislature over anti-discrimination laws that would have protected housing choice voucher households.The city of Dallas is not going to be the test case for the state of Texas’ ban on ordinances that require landlords to take affordable housing vouchers. Wednesday, the Dallas City Council voted 9-6 against enacting an income non-discrimination, later adopting a half-measure that will require builders getting certain tax breaks from the city to rent a small percentage of their units to voucher recipients.NPQ has reported on the battles between advocates for geographic mobility and their political opponents for years now in its nonprofit newswire. The continuing struggle will undoubtedly carry into the next decade as proponents argue the developmental benefits of geographic mobility and opponents resist residential integration.Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings isn’t shy about challenging higher-ups, but he voted against the ordinance because he saw little chance of success. He didn’t say, but had to be thinking that a fight comes with a price tag, financially and politically. The council was similarly divided. Councilman Rickey Callahan, whose district includes “some of the poorest neighborhoods,” opposed the ordinance for fear that requiring owners to rent to voucher tenants would “discourage development and the free market.” Councilman Callahan is likely cognizant of the fact that if passed, a portion of his voters could be moving out of his district. What elected official would want to see that happen?In fact, SOI protections would probably not affect market rents or development since only about 25 percent of eligible households have a housing choice voucher. The HCV program is designed to be responsive to market rents and landlords would receive the same total rent from an HCV household as from a non-subsidized household. The only difference to the landlord would be that the rent would come in two checks—a portion from the HCV tenant and a portion from the Housing Authority. No difference, that is, unless the landlord would see an influx of non-white families.It’s interesting that the article doesn’t mention the issue of race. Sandy Rollins from the Texas Tenants Union confirms that the majority of Dallas voucher holders are African American. The TTU has documented situations where the same landlord will accept vouchers at a property in a minority community and not in a non-minority community. As Ms. Rollins asks, “What does that tell you?” The lack of choice for HCV households creates a hardship for many families. Tenants can’t find suitable housing before their vouchers expire. “Right now the city of Dallas has about a 60 percent failure rate to utilize vouchers when they’re issued. People can’t find the landlords willing to accept them.”A similar struggle is facing tenants in Renton, Washington, where two large complexes have decided that they will no longer accept HCV households.Dozens of Renton residents have turned to the City Council for help after their landlords said they will no longer accept federal housing vouchers for low-income renters. Several residents at the council’s Monday night meeting urged its members and Mayor Denis Law to adopt legislation to prevent what they say is discrimination against renters in the Section 8 program.According to the news story, about 65 households are facing non-renewal at the end of their lease terms and, going forward, neither property will be open to HVC households. Nearby Seattle adopted an SOI ordinance this past August. So far, there’s no evidence of a move to preempt local governments from enacting this kind of ordinance at the Washington State Legislature.Towns and cities that believed they had home rule powers increasingly find themselves frustrated by their state legislatures. CityLab gives an optimistic view of efforts to push back against state preemption, but there’s a political and financial cost to challenging state preemption laws. This past week, Wilson, North Carolina, which created a municipal Internet service provider, declared that it would provide free service to residents after the state passed a preemption ordinance that said a local jurisdiction could not “sell” internet service. If only that could work for local efforts to prevent discrimination.—Spencer WellsShare13Tweet2Share1Email16 Shareslast_img read more

Trump Secrecy Deregulation Are the Foxes Now Guarding the Henhouse

first_imgShare12Tweet11Share2Email25 Shares“Kept secrets.” Credit: WendyAugust 7, 2017; New York Times and ProPublicaIt seems announcements are made on a daily basis regarding the rescinding of federal regulations, most of which were put in place by the Obama administration. This process is not new. As new leadership assumes office, there has always been an effort to realign existing regulations with the values of the current leadership and its political party. In the case of the Trump administration, however, there is a veil of secrecy around just who are the appointees making these changes. The question being raised here is one of conflicts of interest among these appointees.As reported by Danielle Ivory of the New York Times and Robert Faturechi of ProPublica, “When President Trump ordered federal agencies to form teams to dismantle government regulations, the Transportation Department turned to people with deep industry ties.” And, while some of the names and backgrounds of these deregulators have been uncovered, requests for a full list of who has been appointed have been declined by some of the federal agencies whose regulations are being rescinded.What has been uncovered shows that most of these appointees have deep ties to the industry. Looking at the Department of Transportation reveals these connections.One appointee had previously lobbied the department on behalf of American Airlines. Another held executive roles for several electric and hybrid car companies regulated by the department. A third was a lawyer who represented United Airlines in regulatory matters.The three appointees have been identified by ProPublica and the New York Times in a continuing effort to track members of the deregulation teams. The appointments, previously unreported, follow a pattern identified by the two news organizations: By and large, the Trump administration has stacked the teams with political appointees, some of whom may be reviewing rules their former employers sought to weaken or kill.Democratic members of Congress who serve on committees that oversee regulatory matters are expressing concern. They are calling on the administration to release all names to the public.“It is unacceptable for federal agencies to operate in such a clandestine and unaccountable manner especially when the result could be the undoing of critical public health and safety protections,” Representatives Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia, and David Cicilline of Rhode Island wrote in the letter.The congressmen cited a recent investigation by ProPublica and the New York Times revealing that members of the deregulation teams have included lawyers who represented businesses in cases against government regulators, staff members of political dark money groups and employees of industry-funded organizations opposed to environmental rules.[…]“These Task Forces must have an effective and transparent guard against conflicts of interest, especially those in which industry lobbyists seek to overturn environmental and health protections for financial gain,” wrote the lawmakers, who are the ranking Democrats on the House’s Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; Committee on the Judiciary; Subcommittee on Government Operations; and Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.“It appears,” the letter continued, “that the current Task Forces are already failing on this front, and instead are actively hiding their members and their meetings from public view.”At this time, 85 current and former team members are known, 34 of whom have possible conflicts of interest. Appointees include former lobbyists, lawyers, and others with deep ties to the industries they are deregulating. In some cases, the appointee could benefit personally from these changes in regulations elevating the question of conflict of interest.The Justice Department has released the names of only two appointees currently working on its team. In an email exchange, a spokesman, Ian Prior, said he could not provide additional names because “the Task Force is made up of components, not particular employees.”“A component may have multiple employees assisting with the work,” he added.Asked if he could name any of those employees, he responded, “Decline.”The Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security provided only the titles for most appointees to their review teams, not the names.As the daily announcements of deregulation continue, the secrecy surrounding who makes these decisions grows. Will the request from Democratic congressmen for names and an open appointment and meeting process have any traction? Will it take continued journalistic sleuthing to uncover more names? Based on what has thus far been revealed, it does seem as though the foxes are guarding the henhouse. And regulations that safeguard those hens are at risk.—Carole LevineShare12Tweet11Share2Email25 Shareslast_img read more

Russian telco VimpelCom has teamed up with the lea

first_imgRussian telco VimpelCom has teamed up with the leading Russian video portal, RuTube, to offer a selection of content available on the latter via its Beeline TV service.A special RuTube widget is available for Beeline TV subscribers, enabling them to gain access to about 400 popular internet videos.Timur Alyautdinov, head of marketing and wireline internet TV at VimpelCom, said that the deal meant that Beeline was able to offer access to popular web video content with the same convenience as traditional TV.last_img read more

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries Liberty Globals pla

first_imgLiberty Global CEO Mike FriesLiberty Global’s plan to roll out a more advanced mobile product in many markets in Europe later this year will allow it to meet demand from a number of its customers for a single bundle from one provider, according to Mike Fries, president and CEO of Liberty Global.“It’s really a complementary product to our core fixed products and allows us to satisfy certain of our consumers’ needs who want a bundled product…from one provider,” he told DTVE in a video interview at Cable Congress this week.“We’ve had great success in Belgium and Chile [with mobile] and have a million mobile customers today and Virgin Media has three million mobile customers. Together we’ve got a strong experience base to inch our way into the mobile business cost-effectively and productively and give those consumers who want it a broader experience than us.”Addressing questions about the rationale for Liberty Global’s acquisition of Virgin Media, Fries said there were both revenue and cost synergies between Liberty Global and Virgin Media, as both buy equipment and content from the same companies.“We’re in the same business, so I think the synergies are potentially large, and the revenue synergies are large too because they can learn from us and we can learn from them,” said Fries. “We’re in the business of building scale and being more efficient with our balance sheet. There are lots of opportunities there. There are benefits of being bigger, including dealing with regulators,” he said.He said Liberty Global could benefit from Virgin Media’s experience in business-to-business services and from its wireless experience.last_img read more

France 24 has signed a distribution deal with Esto

first_imgFrance 24 has signed a distribution deal with Estonian broadcast services provider Levira, making the channel available on Digital Terrestrial television throughout the country.The English version of the news network is now available 24-hours per-day on channel nine of the EPG as part of Estonia’s new Levira-deployed DTT pilot network.France 24 said that the new agreement will deliver the station to more than 140,000 households across the country. The station is already available in Estonia on cable through STV and Starman, as well as on Elion’s IPTV offering.last_img read more

Over half of Swisscoms fixed broadband subscriber

first_imgOver half of Swisscom’s fixed broadband subscribers now use its TV service. The operator said the number of Swisscom TV users had increased by 29.5% year-on-year to reach 943,000 at the end of September, 885,000 of whom are fixed-fee subscribers. Swisscom said that over 380,000 of its TV customer used its catch-up service, with allows programmg from about 70 channels to be watched for up to 30 hours after they have been broadcast.Swisscom’s fixed broadband base grew by 4.3% year-on-year to reach 1.78 million.Italian subsidiary Fastweb’s broadband subscriber base grew by 12.1% year-on-year to reach 1.91 million, which Swisscom attributed in part to its bundled TV and broadband package offered in partnership with Sky Italia.Separately, Swisscom has named Urs Schaeppi as its new CEO, Schaeppi was formerly head of Swisscom’s corporate activities.last_img read more

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has won its latest

first_imgUK pay TV operator Virgin Media has won its latest patent case against Rovi Corporation, marking what Virgin claims is the eleventh successive defeat for Rovi out of the eleven patent disputes.All of the eleven patents asserted by Rovi have now either been found invalid and/or revoked by either the English Court or by the European Patent Office which was responsible for granting them, said Virgin.However, two of these eleven are still under appeal by Rovi and are due to be heard in the Court of Appeal by the end of the year.The most recent patent case related to a TV programme guide that uses software and information downloaded from the web. Rovi withdrew its infringement claim ahead of trial.“This victory is an important landmark. It is Rovi’s eleventh defeat out of eleven, and upholds our position regarding Rovi over the last seven years.  Virgin Media will challenge the two appeals Rovi seems to be pursuing. We are confident their claims will remain unfounded in the courts,” said Virgin Media’s chief corporate affairs officer, Brigitte Trafford.last_img read more

US broadcast network NBC has launched a streamed v

first_imgUS broadcast network NBC has launched a streamed version of its channel on Roku players and Roku TVs.All Roku customers will be able to log-in and access all NBC current programming, with users that authenticate through their pay TV provider also able to stream thousands of library episodes of shows such as The Voice, The Blacklist and Grimm. New programming will be offered a day after its airing on NBC.“We want our shows available where our viewers are watching content. As consumers shift to connected devices, we are committed to working with platform partners like Roku so our fans and audiences interested in entertainment can discover, engage with, and watch our shows,” said Rob Hayes, executive VP of NBC Entertainment Digital.NBC programming is already available to Roku users through an app downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.last_img read more

Charles Glassen ESPN Media Distribution has licens

first_imgCharles GlassenESPN Media Distribution has licensed the rights to air Major League Baseball’s World Series in the Nordic region to Modern Times Group’s Viasat Broadcasting.Viasat will have the rights to air the 2015 championship on its platform along with the rights to ESPN’s ews and highlights show Baseball Tonight.Viasat will broadcast all games of the best-of-seven series live on TV3 Sport 1 in Denmark, Viasat Football in Norway, Viasat 16 in Sweden and Viasat Sport in Finland.Across EMEA, other broadcasters of the World Series secured by ESPN Media Distribution include BT Sport in the UK and Ireland and Viasat Sport East in Russia and CIS.Charles Classen, General Manager, ESPN EMEA said: “The World Series is one of global sports’ great events, and we’re delighted to continue our excellent relationship with MLB to bring the ‘Fall Classic’ to viewers in Scandinavia for the first time in several years. Viasat is a great partner to bring the excitement of the best baseball in the world to fans in the Nordics and we’re looking forward to a great series.”last_img read more

Satellite operator Eutelsat saw a 2 likeforlike

first_imgSatellite operator Eutelsat saw a 2% like-for-like drop in video revenues in the six months to December to €455.4 million, contributing to an overall drop of 0.9% in revenues to €755 million.EBITDA dropped by 2% to €588 million. Net income rose by 2.2% to €192 million for the company’s fiscal first half.The company said that its broadcast video business was stable on the back of additional capacity being available via Eutelsat 8 West B for the MENA region and Eutelsat 36C for sub-Saharan Africa, offsetting the rationalisation of capacity at the core Hotbird position and lower revenues from French free-to-air platform Fransat.Eutelsat’s order backlog declined by 8% year-on-year and now stands at €5.3 billion. Video represents 84% of the total.Overall, the company’s results were better than expected, and Eutelsat confirmed the forward revenue objectives it set in July. These forecast a full-year revenue decline of between 1% and 3%, with flat revenue in 2017-18 and a modest return to growth for the following year.The company also said it expected its EBITDA margin to reach up to 77% for 2018-19, as opposed to the above 75% expectation previously announced.CEO Rodolphe Belmer said: “First Half revenues were in line with expectations, and we are on track to reach our current and three year objectives thanks to a solid commercial performance. We are also on target to deliver on our commitment to reduce capital expenditure, notably thanks to the highly effective application of ‘design-to-cost’ for satellite procurement.”Belmer highlighted the company’s LEAP cost-savings plan, aimed at generating €30 million in annualised savings by 2018-19, contributing to the group meeting its free cash-flow targets and enabling it to raise its EBITDA margin outlook.He also said that broadband was making strong progress, with a number of new contracts being sealed.While fixed data and government services revenue fell sharply, Eutelsat saw strong growth in fixed broadband and mobile connectivity as well as other revenues.last_img read more

ESPN Caribbean has struck a new fiveyear deal wit

first_imgESPN Caribbean has struck a new five-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for exclusive rights to cricket from 2018 to 2022.ESPN will air live coverage in the Caribbean of all international and domestic cricket played in England and Wales over the next five years. Coverage begins on May 24 with the first of two England men’s Tests against Pakistan, and later this summer a visit from Australia for five one-day internationals and a T20 match, followed by a tour by India for five Test matches, three on-day internationals, and three T20s.The deal also includes the 2019 Ashes, a 2022 West Indies tour and an India return in 2022.ESPN has also acquired rights to coverage of the England women’s team and men’s county cricket including a new eight-team domestic competition set to start in 2020.All five days of the current Pakistan Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London are airing live on ESPN2 Caribbean and streaming live on ESPN Play, ESPN’s multiscreen live and on-demand broadband service.  ESPN Caribbean will also televise the May 31 benefit match between the West Indies and the ICC World XI at Lord’s to help rebuild Caribbean cricket grounds damaged by the 2017 hurricanes.The addition of exclusive ECB coverage adds to ESPN Caribbean’s pre-existing Caribbean cricket portfolio, which includes coverage of the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20, hosted by the West Indies, the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and Cricket West Indies Super50 Cup.Scott McGlone, ESPN International’s director of programming, said: “We are pleased to announce our first ever agreement with ECB in the Caribbean.  ESPN is committed to bringing the very best cricket action to fans in the West Indies and what better way to demonstrate this than our alliance with the ECB, which represents both the storied history of the game and its bright future of growth across all formats.  This agreement reinforces our commitment to providing fans in the region with high quality and locally relevant programming.”ECB’s chief commercial officer Sanjay Patel said: “Today’s announcement is good news for Caribbean cricket fans. It means they can enjoy all the action from our domestic and international playing programme across a variety of different platforms – and will help give our national men’s and women’s teams, and our county teams an even greater global profile.”last_img read more