Rocky Mountaineer departures affected by raging BC wildfires

first_imgTags: Rocky Mountaineer, Travel Alert Friday, July 14, 2017 Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img VANCOUVER — Wildfires are currently making their way across British Columbia, prompting the province to issue a state of emergency. Monitoring the situation closely is Rocky Mountaineer, which operates train journeys through B.C., Alberta and the Pacific Northwest.According to an alert on the company’s website, due to the wildfires in the Cariboo area, the railway near Quesnel has been closed, affecting the July 15 eastbound departure of ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ from Vancouver to Jasper. The company has put in place alternative plans for these guests to travel by train and motorcoach from Vancouver to Jasper.The alert also noted that the July 18 westbound ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ departure from Jasper to Vancouver may be affected as well.However, trains travelling via Kamloops on ‘First Passage to the West’ (between Vancouver and Lake Louise/Banff) and ‘Journey through the Clouds’ (between Vancouver and Jasper) are not affected by the wildfires.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe following upcoming departures are also not affected:July 14 – Eastbound First Passage to the West departure from Vancouver to Lake Louise and BanffJuly 14 – Eastbound Journey through the Clouds departure from Vancouver to JasperJuly 15 – Coastal Passage from Vancouver to SeattleJuly 15 – Coastal Passage from Seattle to VancouverJuly 16 – Westbound First Passage to the West departure from Banff and Lake Louise to VancouverJuly 16 – Westbound Journey through the Clouds departure from Jasper to VancouverJuly 17 – Eastbound First Passage to the West departure from Vancouver to BanffJuly 18 – Eastbound Journey Through the Clouds from Vancouver to JasperClients are asked to contact Rocky Mountaineer between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT at 1-877-460-3200 for assistance.More than 3,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in central British Columbia. Approximately 188 wildfires were burning as of Thursday, reports Global News. Rocky Mountaineer departures affected by raging B.C. wildfires << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgTags: Rocky Mountaineer, Travel Alert Friday, July 14, 2017 Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img VANCOUVER — Wildfires are currently making their way across British Columbia, prompting the province to issue a state of emergency. Monitoring the situation closely is Rocky Mountaineer, which operates train journeys through B.C., Alberta and the Pacific Northwest.According to an alert on the company’s website, due to the wildfires in the Cariboo area, the railway near Quesnel has been closed, affecting the July 15 eastbound departure of ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ from Vancouver to Jasper. The company has put in place alternative plans for these guests to travel by train and motorcoach from Vancouver to Jasper.The alert also noted that the July 18 westbound ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ departure from Jasper to Vancouver may be affected as well.However, trains travelling via Kamloops on ‘First Passage to the West’ (between Vancouver and Lake Louise/Banff) and ‘Journey through the Clouds’ (between Vancouver and Jasper) are not affected by the wildfires.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe following upcoming departures are also not affected:July 14 – Eastbound First Passage to the West departure from Vancouver to Lake Louise and BanffJuly 14 – Eastbound Journey through the Clouds departure from Vancouver to JasperJuly 15 – Coastal Passage from Vancouver to SeattleJuly 15 – Coastal Passage from Seattle to VancouverJuly 16 – Westbound First Passage to the West departure from Banff and Lake Louise to VancouverJuly 16 – Westbound Journey through the Clouds departure from Jasper to VancouverJuly 17 – Eastbound First Passage to the West departure from Vancouver to BanffJuly 18 – Eastbound Journey Through the Clouds from Vancouver to JasperClients are asked to contact Rocky Mountaineer between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT at 1-877-460-3200 for assistance.More than 3,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in central British Columbia. Approximately 188 wildfires were burning as of Thursday, reports Global News. Rocky Mountaineer departures affected by raging B.C. wildfires << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Crewe UK – Reported by Elite Traveler the priv

first_imgCrewe, U.K. – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineBentley bounced back to pre-recession levels of demand during 2011, with strong growth in all major markets. Globally, sales were up 37% to 7003 for the calendar year with sales accelerating as the year progressed. December sales were 1059 (up 69% on the same month in 2010), the best month since Bentley’s pre-recession record of 2007 and the second best month ever.The US continues to be Bentley’s number one market with 2021 cars sold in 2011, an increase of 32%. For the first time ever, however, China took second spot with sales for the region virtually doubling to 1839 and surpassing the previous year’s record before the end of July. This achievement is even more remarkable considering Bentley has been present in Mainland China for less than ten years.Other regions have also performed very well. Continental European sales rebounded to 1187 (an increase of 53%) led by strong demand in Germany where sales have increased by a remarkable 88%. The UK proved to be extremely challenging over the past months, but still saw an increase of over five per cent with 1031 cars sold. Indeed, all major markets are up including the Middle East despite the political instability that has beset certain markets.Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said: “It has been a tremendously good year for Bentley. The dramatic sales growth reflects a global strength to the Brand and a recognition of the quality, craftsmanship and engineering excellence of our cars. It is also testament to the work of the entire Bentley Team whose passion and daily commitment has delivered this outstanding result. It has been particularly pleasing to see renewed interest in Bentley in established as well as and new and emerging markets, all of which is contributing to a positive operating result for 2011.“We want that success to continue and, with a new Continental V8 set to attract new customers in 2012, have ambitious but realistic plans which reflect global economic conditions as much as our new product line up.”The strong performance was the result of strong demand across the range, with the new Continental GT unsurprisingly proving the most popular Bentley with 2404 GTs delivered – over a third of Bentley’s total sales volume. Sales were boosted significantly in December with the first deliveries of the new soft-top Continental GTC, a new model which has receivedfantastic reviews from media and customers alike. Together with the Bentley Mulsanne, which continues to maintain a healthy order bank constantly replenished as more customers get to drive the flagship Bentley, sales growth is expected to continue unabated during 2012.www.bentleymotors.com/last_img read more

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first_imgCrewe, U.K. – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineBentley bounced back to pre-recession levels of demand during 2011, with strong growth in all major markets. Globally, sales were up 37% to 7003 for the calendar year with sales accelerating as the year progressed. December sales were 1059 (up 69% on the same month in 2010), the best month since Bentley’s pre-recession record of 2007 and the second best month ever.The US continues to be Bentley’s number one market with 2021 cars sold in 2011, an increase of 32%. For the first time ever, however, China took second spot with sales for the region virtually doubling to 1839 and surpassing the previous year’s record before the end of July. This achievement is even more remarkable considering Bentley has been present in Mainland China for less than ten years.Other regions have also performed very well. Continental European sales rebounded to 1187 (an increase of 53%) led by strong demand in Germany where sales have increased by a remarkable 88%. The UK proved to be extremely challenging over the past months, but still saw an increase of over five per cent with 1031 cars sold. Indeed, all major markets are up including the Middle East despite the political instability that has beset certain markets.Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said: “It has been a tremendously good year for Bentley. The dramatic sales growth reflects a global strength to the Brand and a recognition of the quality, craftsmanship and engineering excellence of our cars. It is also testament to the work of the entire Bentley Team whose passion and daily commitment has delivered this outstanding result. It has been particularly pleasing to see renewed interest in Bentley in established as well as and new and emerging markets, all of which is contributing to a positive operating result for 2011.“We want that success to continue and, with a new Continental V8 set to attract new customers in 2012, have ambitious but realistic plans which reflect global economic conditions as much as our new product line up.”The strong performance was the result of strong demand across the range, with the new Continental GT unsurprisingly proving the most popular Bentley with 2404 GTs delivered – over a third of Bentley’s total sales volume. Sales were boosted significantly in December with the first deliveries of the new soft-top Continental GTC, a new model which has receivedfantastic reviews from media and customers alike. Together with the Bentley Mulsanne, which continues to maintain a healthy order bank constantly replenished as more customers get to drive the flagship Bentley, sales growth is expected to continue unabated during 2012.www.bentleymotors.com/last_img read more

Historic criminal justice reform legislation passes Michigan House

first_img28Apr Historic criminal justice reform legislation passes Michigan House Categories: News Forlini: Children need different treatment than adultsThe house this week passed a 19-bill package which transfer authority over 17-year-olds who commit criminal offenses from the adult criminal courts to the family courts.Michigan is one of only nine states that still automatically charges 17-year-olds as adults for any offense.Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison township, sponsored one of the bills which would specifically amend the Mental Health code to reflect the age change.“It seems that government finds it convenient to make an adult a minor when it comes to drinking, but says they are adults at 14 when it comes to crime,” Rep. Forlini said.“Children need different treatment than adults and for many of these kids when you put them in prison with adults, you introduce them to some of the only adults they have ever known and they grow up with that influence. Without a focus on education, counseling, and appropriate discipline we are essentially just creating more criminals instead of doing everything in our power to make sure they don’t come back.”The bills now go to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more

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first_img28Apr Historic criminal justice reform legislation passes Michigan House Categories: News Forlini: Children need different treatment than adultsThe house this week passed a 19-bill package which transfer authority over 17-year-olds who commit criminal offenses from the adult criminal courts to the family courts.Michigan is one of only nine states that still automatically charges 17-year-olds as adults for any offense.Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison township, sponsored one of the bills which would specifically amend the Mental Health code to reflect the age change.“It seems that government finds it convenient to make an adult a minor when it comes to drinking, but says they are adults at 14 when it comes to crime,” Rep. Forlini said.“Children need different treatment than adults and for many of these kids when you put them in prison with adults, you introduce them to some of the only adults they have ever known and they grow up with that influence. Without a focus on education, counseling, and appropriate discipline we are essentially just creating more criminals instead of doing everything in our power to make sure they don’t come back.”The bills now go to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more

Rep Farrington The opioid crisis is a threat to Macomb County

first_img Categories: Diana Farrington News 30May Rep. Farrington: The opioid crisis is a threat to Macomb County Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.This disturbing statistic has greatly impacted Macomb County.Deaths from drug overdoses have significantly increased over the past few years in Macomb and this crisis is a threat to our quality of life.Addiction has many faces and we must combat this epidemic immediately before it gets worse.Throughout the year my House colleagues have introduced legislation that would help people who are battling addiction.  An example of this legislation includes requiring drug overdose treatment training for paramedics and first responders. We need to ensure first responders are well prepared to treat an individual who has overdosed to save lives.Another example would be requiring the use of locking prescription vials for opioids in certain circumstances. This bottle design will prevent people from abusing medication and will only be accessible to people who need them.I will continue to work with my House colleagues to do all we can to prevent opioid overdoses in our communities across Michigan.There is much more work to be done and I am committed to helping people who need it the most. We must focus on what matters most to Michigan families.###last_img read more

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first_img Categories: Diana Farrington News 30May Rep. Farrington: The opioid crisis is a threat to Macomb County Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.This disturbing statistic has greatly impacted Macomb County.Deaths from drug overdoses have significantly increased over the past few years in Macomb and this crisis is a threat to our quality of life.Addiction has many faces and we must combat this epidemic immediately before it gets worse.Throughout the year my House colleagues have introduced legislation that would help people who are battling addiction.  An example of this legislation includes requiring drug overdose treatment training for paramedics and first responders. We need to ensure first responders are well prepared to treat an individual who has overdosed to save lives.Another example would be requiring the use of locking prescription vials for opioids in certain circumstances. This bottle design will prevent people from abusing medication and will only be accessible to people who need them.I will continue to work with my House colleagues to do all we can to prevent opioid overdoses in our communities across Michigan.There is much more work to be done and I am committed to helping people who need it the most. We must focus on what matters most to Michigan families.###last_img read more

Rep Whiteford introduces plan to reform juvenile justice in Michigan

first_img06Feb Rep. Whiteford introduces plan to reform juvenile justice in Michigan ‘Raise the Age’ plan treats 17-year-olds as minors in court systemState Rep. Mary Whiteford today introduced legislation as part of a bipartisan plan to transform the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system.Michigan is one of just four states to automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults when they’re accused of breaking the law. Whiteford said eliminating this outdated practice will help rehabilitate young offenders and reduce the likelihood of them breaking the law again in the future.“Putting 17-year-olds into prison alongside older inmates puts the teenagers in harm and has been shown to have devastating psychological effects,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “Young offenders have much better outcomes when they go through the juvenile justice system, which has age-appropriate resources aimed at rehabilitation.”The proposal would raise the age at which individuals are considered adults for the purposes of prosecuting and adjudicating criminal offenses, allowing 17-year-olds to be treated as minors within the juvenile system in most circumstances. Prosecutors will continue to have some discretion, allowing them to waive minors who commit violent crimes into the adult system when appropriate.The plan also establishes a funding mechanism to help local counties deal with the increased costs from the uptick of juvenile offenders in the system.“It’s more effective in the long run to invest our public tax dollars in rehabilitation programs that help teenagers and their families get to the root cause of their problems,” Whiteford said. “This simple solution will help decrease the number of repeat offenders and make our communities safer.”Whiteford said no other state devotes a larger share of its budget to prisons than Michigan. In the 1970s – when Michigan’s prison population was merely 14,000 – corrections spending made up just 3 percent of the state budget. Today, about 20 percent of the general fund budget is now dedicated to corrections. Michigan’s current prison population is about 39,000.House Bills 4133-46 have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.### Categories: Whiteford Newslast_img read more

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first_img06Feb Rep. Whiteford introduces plan to reform juvenile justice in Michigan ‘Raise the Age’ plan treats 17-year-olds as minors in court systemState Rep. Mary Whiteford today introduced legislation as part of a bipartisan plan to transform the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system.Michigan is one of just four states to automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults when they’re accused of breaking the law. Whiteford said eliminating this outdated practice will help rehabilitate young offenders and reduce the likelihood of them breaking the law again in the future.“Putting 17-year-olds into prison alongside older inmates puts the teenagers in harm and has been shown to have devastating psychological effects,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “Young offenders have much better outcomes when they go through the juvenile justice system, which has age-appropriate resources aimed at rehabilitation.”The proposal would raise the age at which individuals are considered adults for the purposes of prosecuting and adjudicating criminal offenses, allowing 17-year-olds to be treated as minors within the juvenile system in most circumstances. Prosecutors will continue to have some discretion, allowing them to waive minors who commit violent crimes into the adult system when appropriate.The plan also establishes a funding mechanism to help local counties deal with the increased costs from the uptick of juvenile offenders in the system.“It’s more effective in the long run to invest our public tax dollars in rehabilitation programs that help teenagers and their families get to the root cause of their problems,” Whiteford said. “This simple solution will help decrease the number of repeat offenders and make our communities safer.”Whiteford said no other state devotes a larger share of its budget to prisons than Michigan. In the 1970s – when Michigan’s prison population was merely 14,000 – corrections spending made up just 3 percent of the state budget. Today, about 20 percent of the general fund budget is now dedicated to corrections. Michigan’s current prison population is about 39,000.House Bills 4133-46 have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.### Categories: Whiteford Newslast_img read more

Rep VanWoerkom votes to support lakeshore conservation and expand recreation opportunities

first_img State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom voted this week in favor of a plan to complete an extensive six-mile lakefront recreation and conservation project stretching from near Grand Haven’s North Pier in Ottawa County to Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon County.The legislation approved by the House Appropriations Committee, with VanWoerkom’s support, includes $3.8 million to acquire approximately 160 acres for the final phase of the Ottawa Sand Phase II project— a 353-acre property planned to be developed for day use, swimming, fishing, hiking and camping.“Visitors from all over the country come to enjoy the unmatched beauty of our lakeshore,” said VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores. “These visitors support our local businesses and economy, and we need to make sure we take the proper management steps to ensure these resources are available for generations to come. I am glad to see this important project enter its next phase.”The full plan includes $26 million for 34 recreational development projects and 30 land acquisition projects statewide, including the Ottawa Sand Phase II project.  The project investments outlined in the proposal were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. Recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process started with this week’s House Appropriations Committee vote. House Bill 4244 next advances to the House floor for further consideration.Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.### Categories: VanWoerkom News 28Feb Rep. VanWoerkom votes to support lakeshore conservation and expand recreation opportunitieslast_img read more

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first_img State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom voted this week in favor of a plan to complete an extensive six-mile lakefront recreation and conservation project stretching from near Grand Haven’s North Pier in Ottawa County to Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon County.The legislation approved by the House Appropriations Committee, with VanWoerkom’s support, includes $3.8 million to acquire approximately 160 acres for the final phase of the Ottawa Sand Phase II project— a 353-acre property planned to be developed for day use, swimming, fishing, hiking and camping.“Visitors from all over the country come to enjoy the unmatched beauty of our lakeshore,” said VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores. “These visitors support our local businesses and economy, and we need to make sure we take the proper management steps to ensure these resources are available for generations to come. I am glad to see this important project enter its next phase.”The full plan includes $26 million for 34 recreational development projects and 30 land acquisition projects statewide, including the Ottawa Sand Phase II project.  The project investments outlined in the proposal were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. Recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process started with this week’s House Appropriations Committee vote. House Bill 4244 next advances to the House floor for further consideration.Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.### Categories: VanWoerkom News 28Feb Rep. VanWoerkom votes to support lakeshore conservation and expand recreation opportunitieslast_img read more

Number of Global Refugees at Record Levels in 2015

first_imgShare20TweetShareEmail20 SharesBy Takver from Australia [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJune 20, 2016, NPROn World Refugee Day 2016, observed on June 20th each year, the White House issued this statement, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released this annual report declaring that the number of displaced people is now at its highest ever, even surpassing the number of people displaced by WWII.By the end of 2015, 65.3 million individuals, more than half of them children, were “forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations.” This number represents one out of every 113 people, or a little less than one percent of the earth’s population.Three countries—Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia—accounted for more than half of the refugees under the UN’s mandate. And most of those refugees, 86 percent, are hosted in developing countries. Lebanon hosts 183 refugees for every 1,000 inhabitants, the highest ratio in the world, while Turkey hosts the highest total number of refugees—2.5 million people.UNHCR reports “on average 24 people worldwide were displaced from their homes every minute of every day during 2015, some 34,000 people per day.” This represents a level of risk for which the world’s nations know no precedent and have no common strategic vision to address it. It took the viral image of a drowned Syrian child to compel world leaders to begin to reckon with their legal and moral responsibilities, let alone to fully appreciate the scale of the growing crisis. The UNHCR report indicates that there are three reasons why forced displacement is continually rising. The situations causing refugee outflows are lasting longer. (The conflicts in Somalia and Afghanistan are in their third and fourth decades, respectively.) New or reignited crisis situations are occurring more frequently. While the number of refugees and internally displaced people increased from six people per minute in 2005 to 24 per minute today, the rate at which the world’s nations are finding and offering solutions has been falling since the end of the Cold War. World Refugee Day is meant to honor the courage of people displaced worldwide and recognize the contributions they make in their communities wherever they may be. UNHCR has this hashtag and video to promote awareness: “We Stand #WithRefugees 2016—Please Stand With Us.”Amnesty International and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), among others, observe this day as well with their individual campaigns. In a statement, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said this about the refugee crisis:Each year, UNHCR seeks to find a glimmer of hope in the global statistics we publish to show that the world is finding solutions to help heal the trauma refugees are living through on a daily basis. But this year the hopeful signs are hard to find. […] Against this tragic backdrop, divisive political rhetoric on asylum and migration issues, and disturbing levels of xenophobia, are together threatening the international agreements that protect those forced to flee war or persecution. Instead of burden sharing, we see borders closing; instead of political will there is political paralysis. And humanitarian organizations like mine are left to deal with the consequences, while at the same time struggling to save lives on limited budgets.NPQ has written forcefully many times about the global refugee crisis, such as here and here. As a word of encouragement or warning, here is the conclusion to another NPQ report:This is yet another of those issues that nonprofits might hope to dodge as “not their issue,” someone else’s concern and priority, but it’s not. If the U.S. slams the door on desperate Syrian refugees, the nonprofit sector that claims to represent openness, inclusion, and democracy will find its credibility seriously damaged should it fail to do whatever it can to confront the politicians using fear and hatred as a tool for political advancement.—James SchafferShare20TweetShareEmail20 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare20TweetShareEmail20 SharesBy Takver from Australia [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJune 20, 2016, NPROn World Refugee Day 2016, observed on June 20th each year, the White House issued this statement, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released this annual report declaring that the number of displaced people is now at its highest ever, even surpassing the number of people displaced by WWII.By the end of 2015, 65.3 million individuals, more than half of them children, were “forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations.” This number represents one out of every 113 people, or a little less than one percent of the earth’s population.Three countries—Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia—accounted for more than half of the refugees under the UN’s mandate. And most of those refugees, 86 percent, are hosted in developing countries. Lebanon hosts 183 refugees for every 1,000 inhabitants, the highest ratio in the world, while Turkey hosts the highest total number of refugees—2.5 million people.UNHCR reports “on average 24 people worldwide were displaced from their homes every minute of every day during 2015, some 34,000 people per day.” This represents a level of risk for which the world’s nations know no precedent and have no common strategic vision to address it. It took the viral image of a drowned Syrian child to compel world leaders to begin to reckon with their legal and moral responsibilities, let alone to fully appreciate the scale of the growing crisis. The UNHCR report indicates that there are three reasons why forced displacement is continually rising. The situations causing refugee outflows are lasting longer. (The conflicts in Somalia and Afghanistan are in their third and fourth decades, respectively.) New or reignited crisis situations are occurring more frequently. While the number of refugees and internally displaced people increased from six people per minute in 2005 to 24 per minute today, the rate at which the world’s nations are finding and offering solutions has been falling since the end of the Cold War. World Refugee Day is meant to honor the courage of people displaced worldwide and recognize the contributions they make in their communities wherever they may be. UNHCR has this hashtag and video to promote awareness: “We Stand #WithRefugees 2016—Please Stand With Us.”Amnesty International and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), among others, observe this day as well with their individual campaigns. In a statement, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said this about the refugee crisis:Each year, UNHCR seeks to find a glimmer of hope in the global statistics we publish to show that the world is finding solutions to help heal the trauma refugees are living through on a daily basis. But this year the hopeful signs are hard to find. […] Against this tragic backdrop, divisive political rhetoric on asylum and migration issues, and disturbing levels of xenophobia, are together threatening the international agreements that protect those forced to flee war or persecution. Instead of burden sharing, we see borders closing; instead of political will there is political paralysis. And humanitarian organizations like mine are left to deal with the consequences, while at the same time struggling to save lives on limited budgets.NPQ has written forcefully many times about the global refugee crisis, such as here and here. As a word of encouragement or warning, here is the conclusion to another NPQ report:This is yet another of those issues that nonprofits might hope to dodge as “not their issue,” someone else’s concern and priority, but it’s not. If the U.S. slams the door on desperate Syrian refugees, the nonprofit sector that claims to represent openness, inclusion, and democracy will find its credibility seriously damaged should it fail to do whatever it can to confront the politicians using fear and hatred as a tool for political advancement.—James SchafferShare20TweetShareEmail20 Shareslast_img read more

On Demand Group is to distribute commercial broadc

first_imgOn Demand Group is to distribute commercial broadcaster ITV’s content to mobile operator Three’s customers.The deal will see shows delivered to Three UK’s mobile SVOD and catch-up service. Series including X-Factor, Coronation Street, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Secret Diary of a Call Girl will be available via Three’s tv:ondemand mobile platform.Neale Dennett, head of VOD and strategic partnerships at ITV said, “We are delighted to announce this deal which gives viewers further opportunities to access ITV content on the move. The deal with On Demand Group highlights our progress in looking at new ways of maximising the value of our content.”last_img read more

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first_imgOn Demand Group is to distribute commercial broadcaster ITV’s content to mobile operator Three’s customers.The deal will see shows delivered to Three UK’s mobile SVOD and catch-up service. Series including X-Factor, Coronation Street, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Secret Diary of a Call Girl will be available via Three’s tv:ondemand mobile platform.Neale Dennett, head of VOD and strategic partnerships at ITV said, “We are delighted to announce this deal which gives viewers further opportunities to access ITV content on the move. The deal with On Demand Group highlights our progress in looking at new ways of maximising the value of our content.”last_img read more

Croatian cable operator Bnet has added the Fox Mo

first_imgCroatian cable operator B.net has added the Fox Movies channel to its line-up to its Total TV service.The movie channel will air titles including X-Men, Lara Croft, Juno and The Queen.last_img

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first_imgCroatian cable operator B.net has added the Fox Movies channel to its line-up to its Total TV service.The movie channel will air titles including X-Men, Lara Croft, Juno and The Queen.last_img

Swiss telco Swisscom has teamed up with Winterthur

first_imgSwiss telco Swisscom has teamed up with Winterthur Utilities to develop a fibre network in Winterthur.Over the next few years the partners will connect 95% of households and businesses in the city of Winterthur to the high-speed fibre network. Swisscom will invest around CHF70 million (€58 million, representing 60% of the total costs) in the basic connection and Winterthur Utilities the remaining 40%.last_img

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first_imgSwiss telco Swisscom has teamed up with Winterthur Utilities to develop a fibre network in Winterthur.Over the next few years the partners will connect 95% of households and businesses in the city of Winterthur to the high-speed fibre network. Swisscom will invest around CHF70 million (€58 million, representing 60% of the total costs) in the basic connection and Winterthur Utilities the remaining 40%.last_img

Amazons production arm Amazon Studios has debuted

first_imgAmazon’s production arm Amazon Studios has debuted a host of new original programme pilots spanning comedy, drama and kids shows.The 10 pilots launched today on Amazon-owned VOD service Lovefilm in the UK and on Prime Instant Video in the US, with a selection of the shows that prove most popular due to be made into full series.The new shows mark the second round of Amzon’s original content drive, after an initial batch of pilots, consisting of eight comedies and six kids programmes, premiered in April last year. Five of these were commissioned as series and are due to launch soon.The new pilot line-up includes: mystery drama The After, written and directed by Chris Carter (The X-Files); LAPD detective drama Bosch, co-written by Eric Overmyer (The Wire, Treme); and comic drama Mozart in the Jungle by Oscar-nominated writer and director Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom).Other ‘primetime pilots’ include: darkly comic Transparent, written and directed by Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under), and sports comedy The Rebels. The remaining 10 pilots are all kids shows: Hardboiled Eggheads, created by Duane Capizzi  (Transformers Prime); The Jo B. & G. Raff Show from Josh Selig (The Wonder Pets); Wishenproof!, written by Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues); Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street by first-time writer David Anaxagoras; and Maker Shack Agency.“The first wave of pilots proved incredibly popular with members providing feedback en masse. The initiative is unique in that it puts the viewer at the heart of the decision making process in deciding the shows they’ll be watching in the future,” said Lovefilm’s Chief Marketing Officer, Simon Morris.Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios, added: “With our previous set of pilots, customers submitted thousands of reviews within the first few days and more than 80 percent of those reviews were four and five stars.”last_img read more

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first_imgAmazon’s production arm Amazon Studios has debuted a host of new original programme pilots spanning comedy, drama and kids shows.The 10 pilots launched today on Amazon-owned VOD service Lovefilm in the UK and on Prime Instant Video in the US, with a selection of the shows that prove most popular due to be made into full series.The new shows mark the second round of Amzon’s original content drive, after an initial batch of pilots, consisting of eight comedies and six kids programmes, premiered in April last year. Five of these were commissioned as series and are due to launch soon.The new pilot line-up includes: mystery drama The After, written and directed by Chris Carter (The X-Files); LAPD detective drama Bosch, co-written by Eric Overmyer (The Wire, Treme); and comic drama Mozart in the Jungle by Oscar-nominated writer and director Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom).Other ‘primetime pilots’ include: darkly comic Transparent, written and directed by Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under), and sports comedy The Rebels. The remaining 10 pilots are all kids shows: Hardboiled Eggheads, created by Duane Capizzi  (Transformers Prime); The Jo B. & G. Raff Show from Josh Selig (The Wonder Pets); Wishenproof!, written by Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues); Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street by first-time writer David Anaxagoras; and Maker Shack Agency.“The first wave of pilots proved incredibly popular with members providing feedback en masse. The initiative is unique in that it puts the viewer at the heart of the decision making process in deciding the shows they’ll be watching in the future,” said Lovefilm’s Chief Marketing Officer, Simon Morris.Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios, added: “With our previous set of pilots, customers submitted thousands of reviews within the first few days and more than 80 percent of those reviews were four and five stars.”last_img read more

TV operators are looking to launch OTT services to

first_imgTV operators are looking to launch OTT services to provide multiscreen access and compete with the likes of Netflix, with most favouring a hybrid model, according to research by MPP Global.MPP found that 60% of operators said that hybrid OTT, combining transactional and subscription video-on-demand in a single service, was the model best suited to their business.According to MPP, four out of five operators see changes in how their customers are accessing goods and services, and three out of four are integrating new pricing and delivery models such as SVoD and TVoD. The research found that 86% of operators anticipate that revenue from SVoD and TVoD services will increase over the next 18 months.According to MPP, 37% of organisations believe that these new pricing models deliver competitive differentiation, while 32% believe they provide additional revenue opportunities and 32% believe they reduce churn.The research found that TV operators favour three broad pricing and packaging models. The first is to introduce smaller, tailored or personalised bundles of content and channels users have chosen for themselves, rather than a big bundle. Second, they are favouring time-limited passes, such as the day, week and month passes offered by Sky for its Now TV service, and third, they are looking to make use of video metering technology to offer freemium services, providing consumers with limited free access to video content, based on a choice of considerations which the operator can define, such as happy hours offering free access at low usage periods. With the latter model, operators have an opportunity to attract customers by offering free access before asking them to sign up for a transactional or subscription service.Some 56% of organisations surveyed believe that cloud technology has been the primary driver for new delivery models.“This research shows how the OTT market is constantly evolving and growing. With an increasing need to reach and attract customers and stand out from competitors, more and more TV operators are shaping their business models to accommodate consumer demands while offering a reliable revenue stream. We can expect to see the number of OTT models continue to increase with consumers embracing the changing way they can view and pay for video content,” said Paul Johnson, CEO of MPP Global.last_img read more

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first_imgTV operators are looking to launch OTT services to provide multiscreen access and compete with the likes of Netflix, with most favouring a hybrid model, according to research by MPP Global.MPP found that 60% of operators said that hybrid OTT, combining transactional and subscription video-on-demand in a single service, was the model best suited to their business.According to MPP, four out of five operators see changes in how their customers are accessing goods and services, and three out of four are integrating new pricing and delivery models such as SVoD and TVoD. The research found that 86% of operators anticipate that revenue from SVoD and TVoD services will increase over the next 18 months.According to MPP, 37% of organisations believe that these new pricing models deliver competitive differentiation, while 32% believe they provide additional revenue opportunities and 32% believe they reduce churn.The research found that TV operators favour three broad pricing and packaging models. The first is to introduce smaller, tailored or personalised bundles of content and channels users have chosen for themselves, rather than a big bundle. Second, they are favouring time-limited passes, such as the day, week and month passes offered by Sky for its Now TV service, and third, they are looking to make use of video metering technology to offer freemium services, providing consumers with limited free access to video content, based on a choice of considerations which the operator can define, such as happy hours offering free access at low usage periods. With the latter model, operators have an opportunity to attract customers by offering free access before asking them to sign up for a transactional or subscription service.Some 56% of organisations surveyed believe that cloud technology has been the primary driver for new delivery models.“This research shows how the OTT market is constantly evolving and growing. With an increasing need to reach and attract customers and stand out from competitors, more and more TV operators are shaping their business models to accommodate consumer demands while offering a reliable revenue stream. We can expect to see the number of OTT models continue to increase with consumers embracing the changing way they can view and pay for video content,” said Paul Johnson, CEO of MPP Global.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned Virgin Media has added music

first_imgLiberty Global-owned Virgin Media has added music video and entertainment service Vevo to its TiVo advanced TV service.Vevo will allow TiVo customers, to log in and access their Vevo playlists through the TV service. If the customer updates their playlists across desktop or mobile it will automatically sync with the playlist stored on the Virgin Media TiVo service.Vevo will be accessed through Virgin Media’s TiVo music-on-demand folder, apps and games and the search and discover menu.  It will also be available on channels 300 and 344.Vevo features over 20,000 artists with a catalogue of more than 250,000 videos. The service includes exclusive original programming, exclusive sessions and live music performances.David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media, said:  “With music streaming doubling in the last year, Vevo will help meet customer’s hunger for music entertainment, increasing the quality and range of music available to TiVo customers.”*Alex Kisch, EVP, business development and business affairs, Vevo, said: “This partnership with Virgin Media is indicative of continued growth and popularity of premium music videos in the living room, and the integral role it plays in our daily music habits. Our content is now viewed over 16-billion times a month, and we are thrilled to be expanding our reach through this partnership. This move will enable Virgin Media customers to enjoy Vevo, in a dedicated area, giving them premium music entertainment directly from their set-top box.”last_img read more

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first_imgLiberty Global-owned Virgin Media has added music video and entertainment service Vevo to its TiVo advanced TV service.Vevo will allow TiVo customers, to log in and access their Vevo playlists through the TV service. If the customer updates their playlists across desktop or mobile it will automatically sync with the playlist stored on the Virgin Media TiVo service.Vevo will be accessed through Virgin Media’s TiVo music-on-demand folder, apps and games and the search and discover menu.  It will also be available on channels 300 and 344.Vevo features over 20,000 artists with a catalogue of more than 250,000 videos. The service includes exclusive original programming, exclusive sessions and live music performances.David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media, said:  “With music streaming doubling in the last year, Vevo will help meet customer’s hunger for music entertainment, increasing the quality and range of music available to TiVo customers.”*Alex Kisch, EVP, business development and business affairs, Vevo, said: “This partnership with Virgin Media is indicative of continued growth and popularity of premium music videos in the living room, and the integral role it plays in our daily music habits. Our content is now viewed over 16-billion times a month, and we are thrilled to be expanding our reach through this partnership. This move will enable Virgin Media customers to enjoy Vevo, in a dedicated area, giving them premium music entertainment directly from their set-top box.”last_img read more

Chris Bastian The Society of Cable Telecommunicati

first_imgChris BastianThe Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), have created an Internet of Things working group.The group will be housed within the SCTE/ISBE standards group and aims to position the cable telecommunications industry as a “pivotal delivery channel for Internet of Things technologies, products and services”.The IoT working group will address the rapid growth of web-connected devices and, unlike other standards and interoperability organisations, will focus on what is unique and advantageous about delivering IoT services over cable telecoms networks.“Even as it opens the door to new business opportunities, the massive number of Internet of Things devices that are being connected to our networks present unique reliability and security requirements,” said Chris Bastian, senior vice president and CTO of SCTE/ISBE.“Our new IoT working group is intended to bring together network operators and vendors to determine how best to standardise and operationalise these new services.”Chris Cholas, gateway solutions architect for Intel, was appointed chair by the SCTE/ISBE standards engineering committee, which approved the creation of the IoT working group during a meeting at SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo  in Philadelphia.last_img read more

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first_imgChris BastianThe Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), have created an Internet of Things working group.The group will be housed within the SCTE/ISBE standards group and aims to position the cable telecommunications industry as a “pivotal delivery channel for Internet of Things technologies, products and services”.The IoT working group will address the rapid growth of web-connected devices and, unlike other standards and interoperability organisations, will focus on what is unique and advantageous about delivering IoT services over cable telecoms networks.“Even as it opens the door to new business opportunities, the massive number of Internet of Things devices that are being connected to our networks present unique reliability and security requirements,” said Chris Bastian, senior vice president and CTO of SCTE/ISBE.“Our new IoT working group is intended to bring together network operators and vendors to determine how best to standardise and operationalise these new services.”Chris Cholas, gateway solutions architect for Intel, was appointed chair by the SCTE/ISBE standards engineering committee, which approved the creation of the IoT working group during a meeting at SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo  in Philadelphia.last_img read more

Roy Price speaking at MIPTV 2017 Amazon Prime Vide

first_imgRoy Price speaking at MIPTV 2017Amazon Prime Video will increasingly focus on original international content with market-specific appeal to drive up subscriptions and sustain its base globally, according to Roy Price.In a keynote interview at MIPTV in Cannes yesterday, Amazon Prime Video’s head of global content said “there are no global customers so you have to provide a ‘multi-local’ strategy.”He cited the local success of We are Wanted, the company’s first big German original, as evidence that this approach is paying off, and said that Amazon would look to build its international hubs going forward.“We are growing our teams in India, Tokyo and London to lead an international originals effort,” said Price.While some key shows such as The Grand Tour and The Man in the High Castle have a clear global appeal and can drive subscriptions, Price said that this had to be complemented by international efforts.He said that Amazon would spend “a lot” on international originals, but declined to break down the figures.Expanding on Amazon’s overall content strategy, Price said that the online video giant also remains active in co-productions and licensing as well as originals: “Our priority is getting the best show; we are pretty open-minded.”He claimed that the most important factor in creating a ratings-winning show is to give free rein to creativity rather than to rely on data-driven algorithms.He likened Amazon’s flagship originals to “the top of the totem pole” but said that viewing of kids content and movies is also strong. He added that one key to success is courting top film and TV talent in order to stand out and create filmic TV services or what he dubbed “filmovision”.“We work with a lot of talent that has traditionally done TV but also talent that comes from film… or people who have done both,” he said.In relation to movies specifically, Price said that Amazon works with theatrical releases as well as keeping content for its own platform because filmmakers like people to see movies “as intended”.“Once the move comes onto the service having been in theaters there is also a perception that it is a legit movie. We are very supportive of the theatrical window,” he said, adding that Amazon is now creating about 15 movies a year.“Our goal is to create movies… that create a lot of buzz and stand the test of time – and win a lot of Academy Awards,” he said.Price said that this year will see Amazon release a raft of new shows including Jack Ryan, based on the novels by Tom Clancy – the first public clip of which was shown at MIPTV after his keynote.last_img read more

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first_imgRoy Price speaking at MIPTV 2017Amazon Prime Video will increasingly focus on original international content with market-specific appeal to drive up subscriptions and sustain its base globally, according to Roy Price.In a keynote interview at MIPTV in Cannes yesterday, Amazon Prime Video’s head of global content said “there are no global customers so you have to provide a ‘multi-local’ strategy.”He cited the local success of We are Wanted, the company’s first big German original, as evidence that this approach is paying off, and said that Amazon would look to build its international hubs going forward.“We are growing our teams in India, Tokyo and London to lead an international originals effort,” said Price.While some key shows such as The Grand Tour and The Man in the High Castle have a clear global appeal and can drive subscriptions, Price said that this had to be complemented by international efforts.He said that Amazon would spend “a lot” on international originals, but declined to break down the figures.Expanding on Amazon’s overall content strategy, Price said that the online video giant also remains active in co-productions and licensing as well as originals: “Our priority is getting the best show; we are pretty open-minded.”He claimed that the most important factor in creating a ratings-winning show is to give free rein to creativity rather than to rely on data-driven algorithms.He likened Amazon’s flagship originals to “the top of the totem pole” but said that viewing of kids content and movies is also strong. He added that one key to success is courting top film and TV talent in order to stand out and create filmic TV services or what he dubbed “filmovision”.“We work with a lot of talent that has traditionally done TV but also talent that comes from film… or people who have done both,” he said.In relation to movies specifically, Price said that Amazon works with theatrical releases as well as keeping content for its own platform because filmmakers like people to see movies “as intended”.“Once the move comes onto the service having been in theaters there is also a perception that it is a legit movie. We are very supportive of the theatrical window,” he said, adding that Amazon is now creating about 15 movies a year.“Our goal is to create movies… that create a lot of buzz and stand the test of time – and win a lot of Academy Awards,” he said.Price said that this year will see Amazon release a raft of new shows including Jack Ryan, based on the novels by Tom Clancy – the first public clip of which was shown at MIPTV after his keynote.last_img read more

Modern Times Group MTG has invested €826 millio

first_imgModern Times Group (MTG) has invested €82.6 million to increase its shareholding in mobile and browser-based games company, InnoGames, from 21% to 51%.The agreement comes after MTG said in January that it would use the proceeds of the sale of its stake in Czech free-to-air broadcaster Prima to top-up its investment in InnoGames.MTG closed the sale of its 50% shareholding in FTV Prima Holding to Denemo Media for a total cash consideration of €116 million last week.“Revenues in the global gaming industry are expected to reach US$113 billion by 2018, and mobile and PC games represent 45% of this and are the fastest growing segment,” said MTG president and CEO, Jørgen Madsen Lindemann.“InnoGames is a great business with great products, and is already performing above our expectations when we made our original investment. We have got to know the talented InnoGames team very well over the past six months and are impressed with the strategy, culture, performance and management of the business.”InnoGames is the creator of six successful online games – including Forge of Empires, Tribal Wars and Elvenar – and has several new mobile-only titles currently in development.The company generated 25% revenue growth to €130 million in 2016 with an EBITDA margin of approximately 20% and EBIT margin of approximately 16%.MTG announced its initial 21% investment in Hamburg-based InnoGames in October 2016.To read more about MTG’s digital ambitions, see DTVE’s recent interview with Arnd Benninghoff, the head of the company’s digital division, MTGx.last_img read more

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first_imgModern Times Group (MTG) has invested €82.6 million to increase its shareholding in mobile and browser-based games company, InnoGames, from 21% to 51%.The agreement comes after MTG said in January that it would use the proceeds of the sale of its stake in Czech free-to-air broadcaster Prima to top-up its investment in InnoGames.MTG closed the sale of its 50% shareholding in FTV Prima Holding to Denemo Media for a total cash consideration of €116 million last week.“Revenues in the global gaming industry are expected to reach US$113 billion by 2018, and mobile and PC games represent 45% of this and are the fastest growing segment,” said MTG president and CEO, Jørgen Madsen Lindemann.“InnoGames is a great business with great products, and is already performing above our expectations when we made our original investment. We have got to know the talented InnoGames team very well over the past six months and are impressed with the strategy, culture, performance and management of the business.”InnoGames is the creator of six successful online games – including Forge of Empires, Tribal Wars and Elvenar – and has several new mobile-only titles currently in development.The company generated 25% revenue growth to €130 million in 2016 with an EBITDA margin of approximately 20% and EBIT margin of approximately 16%.MTG announced its initial 21% investment in Hamburg-based InnoGames in October 2016.To read more about MTG’s digital ambitions, see DTVE’s recent interview with Arnd Benninghoff, the head of the company’s digital division, MTGx.last_img read more

Twothirds of Hulu users who also subscribe to a t

first_imgTwo-thirds of Hulu users who also subscribe to a traditional pay TV service said that they’d choose SVOD over pay TV if they were forced to pick one, according to TDG research.The Diffusion Group (TDG) found that 67.3% of Hulu users that also subscribe to legacy pay TV would choose their subscription streaming service, compared to the 32.7% that went for pay TV over SVOD.This rate was “significantly greater” than for both Netflix and Amazon Prime dual-service users – with 52.1% of Netflix users opting for SVOD over pay TV.Amazon Prime users were the only group of viewers among the top three SVOD services that opted for traditional pay TV over SVOD at 51.0%.“This variance was a bit unexpected,” said TDG President and principal analyst, Michael Greeson, referring to Hulu viewers’ overwhelming preference for SVOD.“One would be forgiven for thinking that Netflix dual-service users would be the segment most likely to stick with their streaming services,” he said, citing Netflix’s brand strength and larger US subscriber count.However, he added that as Hulu’s offering is focused primarily around broadcast and cable TV shows, “this makes it a better substitute for live legacy pay TV than Netflix or Amazon Prime”.“Given this level of brand loyalty, Hulu could have a leg up when it comes to converting its SVOD users to Hulu Live TV subscribers,” according to the research.“Then again, much depends on whether this phenomenon is due to a preference for watching TV shows on-demand versus live, or due to a branded quality of experience above and beyond on-demand functionality.”Hulu launched its new live TV streaming service in beta in the US in May, offering more than 50 live and on-demand channels for US$39.99 (€36.60) per month.last_img read more

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first_imgTwo-thirds of Hulu users who also subscribe to a traditional pay TV service said that they’d choose SVOD over pay TV if they were forced to pick one, according to TDG research.The Diffusion Group (TDG) found that 67.3% of Hulu users that also subscribe to legacy pay TV would choose their subscription streaming service, compared to the 32.7% that went for pay TV over SVOD.This rate was “significantly greater” than for both Netflix and Amazon Prime dual-service users – with 52.1% of Netflix users opting for SVOD over pay TV.Amazon Prime users were the only group of viewers among the top three SVOD services that opted for traditional pay TV over SVOD at 51.0%.“This variance was a bit unexpected,” said TDG President and principal analyst, Michael Greeson, referring to Hulu viewers’ overwhelming preference for SVOD.“One would be forgiven for thinking that Netflix dual-service users would be the segment most likely to stick with their streaming services,” he said, citing Netflix’s brand strength and larger US subscriber count.However, he added that as Hulu’s offering is focused primarily around broadcast and cable TV shows, “this makes it a better substitute for live legacy pay TV than Netflix or Amazon Prime”.“Given this level of brand loyalty, Hulu could have a leg up when it comes to converting its SVOD users to Hulu Live TV subscribers,” according to the research.“Then again, much depends on whether this phenomenon is due to a preference for watching TV shows on-demand versus live, or due to a branded quality of experience above and beyond on-demand functionality.”Hulu launched its new live TV streaming service in beta in the US in May, offering more than 50 live and on-demand channels for US$39.99 (€36.60) per month.last_img read more

HBOs Game of Thrones  Scripted TV production in t

first_imgHBO’s Game of Thrones Scripted TV production in the US – excluding online content – declined in 2016, largely due to lower origination by the cable networks, according to IHS Markit.The research firm’s white paper ‘Boom or Bubble? The Rise of Scripted Programming’ claims that US broadcast and cable networks aired 2,323 hours of original drama and comedy in 2016, down from 2,511 hours in 2014.It also said that seven out of nine US cable groups reduced original scripted output between 2014 and 2016 – with HBO and AMC Networks the only two networks to increase their output.By contrast, online platforms led by Netflix and Amazon almost tripled their output of original scripted programming last year, with 515 new first-run hours of content in 2016.“The stock of scripted programming is high, with a flood of new investment from online platforms, telcos and others supporting an enduring boom in production,” said Tim Westcott, research director, channels and programming at IHS Markit.“Original drama and comedy series serve a variety of needs, aggregating audiences for free-to-air channels, reinforcing the subscriber proposition of pay channels, and driving the adoption of new subscription video-on-demand services.“The fall-off in production of originals we’ve observed in US cable and Germany shows that in some markets, the supply of drama is starting to outstrip demand. It also shows that TV schedulers have other genres of appealing programming that they can call on, such as scripted reality, entertainment formats or comedy gameshows. These are often both cheaper and less risky than drama in particular.”The research found that the UK increased its scripted output with 1,233 hours in 2016, but said there was a decline in Germany. Volumes in France and Australia were almost unchanged.Overall the research covered the US and five other major territories – France, Germany, the UK, Australia and Canada.last_img read more

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first_imgHBO’s Game of Thrones Scripted TV production in the US – excluding online content – declined in 2016, largely due to lower origination by the cable networks, according to IHS Markit.The research firm’s white paper ‘Boom or Bubble? The Rise of Scripted Programming’ claims that US broadcast and cable networks aired 2,323 hours of original drama and comedy in 2016, down from 2,511 hours in 2014.It also said that seven out of nine US cable groups reduced original scripted output between 2014 and 2016 – with HBO and AMC Networks the only two networks to increase their output.By contrast, online platforms led by Netflix and Amazon almost tripled their output of original scripted programming last year, with 515 new first-run hours of content in 2016.“The stock of scripted programming is high, with a flood of new investment from online platforms, telcos and others supporting an enduring boom in production,” said Tim Westcott, research director, channels and programming at IHS Markit.“Original drama and comedy series serve a variety of needs, aggregating audiences for free-to-air channels, reinforcing the subscriber proposition of pay channels, and driving the adoption of new subscription video-on-demand services.“The fall-off in production of originals we’ve observed in US cable and Germany shows that in some markets, the supply of drama is starting to outstrip demand. It also shows that TV schedulers have other genres of appealing programming that they can call on, such as scripted reality, entertainment formats or comedy gameshows. These are often both cheaper and less risky than drama in particular.”The research found that the UK increased its scripted output with 1,233 hours in 2016, but said there was a decline in Germany. Volumes in France and Australia were almost unchanged.Overall the research covered the US and five other major territories – France, Germany, the UK, Australia and Canada.last_img read more

Tickets go on sale for all evening concerts next m

first_imgTickets go on sale for all evening concerts next month.Details will be posted at www.codichoral.com, on Facebook (City of Derry International Choral Festival) and via Twitter (@codichoral).Around 60 choirs (featuring over 2000 singers) from around the world are expected to take part in the festival with the main venue for concerts, competitions and workshops being St. Columb’s Hall. SWINGLE SINGERS CONFIRMED FOR DERRY INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL was last modified: June 16th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: The group is looking forward to playing in Derry.A spokesperson said: “It’s been too long since we last visited Northern Ireland, and we’re thrilled to be returning as part of this wonderful festival. We believe in the transformative power of singing, and we can’t wait to share our new music with an audience of vocal music enthusiasts who feel the same way.”The Neil Cowley Trio.The festival has also announced the return of the City of Culture Musician-in-Residence Neil Cowley and his Trio who will perform on Thursday, 23 October as part of the festival line-up in a concert that will feature pieces from “Eighth Gate” (performed with local chamber choir Codetta), a work composed by the award-winning jazz pianist as a gift to the city of Derry in return for his inspirational time spent here in 2013.Both acts join an incredible line-up of guest artists for the second edition of the International Festival, including the recently announced world-famed vocal ensemble The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers. World-renowned a cappella supergroup The Swingle Singers have been announced as guest artists for October’s International Choral Festival being held in Derry in October next.The Swingle Singers.The Grammy award-winning British-based septet, best known for their jazz infused covers of classical favourites (by composers such as Bach, Mozart and Beethoven) and pop music (including songs by Elbow, Florence and the Machine and The Beatles), will perform in the newly refurbished St. Columb’s Hall on Friday, 24 October.The group will also lead a “Big Sing” workshop with all participating post-primary school choirs on the same day.center_img ShareTweet choralcowleyDerryfestivalinternationalneilsingersswinglelast_img read more

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first_imgTickets go on sale for all evening concerts next month.Details will be posted at www.codichoral.com, on Facebook (City of Derry International Choral Festival) and via Twitter (@codichoral).Around 60 choirs (featuring over 2000 singers) from around the world are expected to take part in the festival with the main venue for concerts, competitions and workshops being St. Columb’s Hall. SWINGLE SINGERS CONFIRMED FOR DERRY INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL was last modified: June 16th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: The group is looking forward to playing in Derry.A spokesperson said: “It’s been too long since we last visited Northern Ireland, and we’re thrilled to be returning as part of this wonderful festival. We believe in the transformative power of singing, and we can’t wait to share our new music with an audience of vocal music enthusiasts who feel the same way.”The Neil Cowley Trio.The festival has also announced the return of the City of Culture Musician-in-Residence Neil Cowley and his Trio who will perform on Thursday, 23 October as part of the festival line-up in a concert that will feature pieces from “Eighth Gate” (performed with local chamber choir Codetta), a work composed by the award-winning jazz pianist as a gift to the city of Derry in return for his inspirational time spent here in 2013.Both acts join an incredible line-up of guest artists for the second edition of the International Festival, including the recently announced world-famed vocal ensemble The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers. World-renowned a cappella supergroup The Swingle Singers have been announced as guest artists for October’s International Choral Festival being held in Derry in October next.The Swingle Singers.The Grammy award-winning British-based septet, best known for their jazz infused covers of classical favourites (by composers such as Bach, Mozart and Beethoven) and pop music (including songs by Elbow, Florence and the Machine and The Beatles), will perform in the newly refurbished St. Columb’s Hall on Friday, 24 October.The group will also lead a “Big Sing” workshop with all participating post-primary school choirs on the same day.center_img ShareTweet choralcowleyDerryfestivalinternationalneilsingersswinglelast_img read more

SINN Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed th

first_img SINN Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the news that proposals are to come before Derry City and Strabane District Council shortly which would see the installation a  CCTV camera for an area of the Strand Road which has been blighted with the issue of “boy racers”.Councillor Cooper said “I welcome the news that this proposal is being made. The Lower Strand Road has been area of the city which has been blighted by the issue of “boy racers”.“Whilst CCTV will not be the answer to all the late night problems being created there it will act as a deterrent .And also offer follow up evidence for some of the activity which is endangering other motorists and causing a nuisance and noise problems.“I hope this initiative is successful and as we move forward brings peace of mind to local residents and improves road safety in that part of the city. ShareTweet “I am currently working with the Council on further initiatives to curb the issue, which will be announced in the coming weeks and have worked with the PSNI to run enforcement campaigns in the area.STRAND ROAD ‘BOY RACERS’ COULD BE CAUGHT IN THE ACT BY CCTV was last modified: June 2nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:center_img COUNCILLOR MICKEY COOPERPSNISinn FeinSTRAND ROAD ‘BOY RACERS’ COULD BE CAUGHT IN THE ACT BY CCTVlast_img read more

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first_img SINN Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the news that proposals are to come before Derry City and Strabane District Council shortly which would see the installation a  CCTV camera for an area of the Strand Road which has been blighted with the issue of “boy racers”.Councillor Cooper said “I welcome the news that this proposal is being made. The Lower Strand Road has been area of the city which has been blighted by the issue of “boy racers”.“Whilst CCTV will not be the answer to all the late night problems being created there it will act as a deterrent .And also offer follow up evidence for some of the activity which is endangering other motorists and causing a nuisance and noise problems.“I hope this initiative is successful and as we move forward brings peace of mind to local residents and improves road safety in that part of the city. ShareTweet “I am currently working with the Council on further initiatives to curb the issue, which will be announced in the coming weeks and have worked with the PSNI to run enforcement campaigns in the area.STRAND ROAD ‘BOY RACERS’ COULD BE CAUGHT IN THE ACT BY CCTV was last modified: June 2nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:center_img COUNCILLOR MICKEY COOPERPSNISinn FeinSTRAND ROAD ‘BOY RACERS’ COULD BE CAUGHT IN THE ACT BY CCTVlast_img read more