New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates MEXICO CITY (AP) – The Mexican government has announced a new program to protect witnesses in drug trafficking and other cases, even giving them new identities if necessary.The program can also be used by victims, expert witnesses, police and judges who are in danger because of their role in a legal proceeding.The president’s office says in a decree published Friday that the plan will go into effect within six months. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 0 Comments Share Mexico currently has a much more limited program which provides limited protection to cooperating witnesses in federal cases.But the new plan could give such witnesses new identities in different cities, to avoid reprisals.The program may help in prosecuting violent drug cartels whose turf battles have cost Mexico more than 47,500 lives over the last 5 1/2 years.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Laverne and Shirley, Calvin and Hobbes, Bert and Ernie, Batman and Robin. These dynamic duos have entertained the masses at some time or another. Right now, Cardinals fans are hoping that the next dynamic duo to take to the field in Arizona is Fitz and Palmer, meaning Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer. A quarterback-wide receiver duo that fans could truly get excited about has been missing from the Valley for a few years now, ever since Kurt Warner had the audacity (joking) to call it quits after a 12-year career when he retired in January of 2010. Comments Share Palmer echoed Fitzgerald’s compliments with some of his own. “It’s been awesome. I threw him a ball today that maybe he and maybe Megatron (Calvin Johnson) catch. He’s maybe not one-of-a-kind but maybe one of two-of-a-kind and it’s pretty comforting.”Fans may not want to get too excited about the newest dynamic duo just yet — it is only June. But they also could have something to really look forward to this fall. – / 32 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires They both know that much like the dynamic duos listed earlier, chemistry is something that doesn’t come overnight. The veterans are spending plenty of time learning each other’s habits and tendencies on the field in the film room. “Just body language of routes. There’s a lot of reading on the run in this offense and seeing the same things and being on the same page for the right depths of routes and breaking at the right depths,” Palmer said. “It’s never perfect and it’s something we’ll continue to get better and better at but I think he and I are both very comfortable with where we’re at for right now.”What’s obvious when talking to the two veterans is that they have a mutual respect and admiration for the other’s abilities. “He can throw the ball. There’s not a throw he can’t make. He’s got great touch on intermediate passes,” Fitzgerald said. “He can put zip on them, he can feather it in there, he’s got a tremendous arm and then he’s got the intelligence and experience to go out there and make the plays. We’ve seen him do it; he threw for 4,000 yards out in Oakland.” Thursday after the final day of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Palmer addressed their relationship, which is a work in progress. “We better have a rapport going and good chemistry by now. We’re through OTAs and we’ve been throwing all off season. We have a good rapport going but it’s something that we could be playing together for fifteen years and it’s never perfect, it’s always something, it’s always a work in progress,” said the former first overall pick. “It’s something that we’re continuing to make better and better each day but we have a good start going into vet minicamp. It’s a good kickoff to training camp, but we’ll be ready to roll by then.”The number of receptions Fitzgerald has recorded has steadily dropped over the past few years. The six-time Pro Bowler had 97 catches four seasons ago. That number shrunk to 90 in 2010, 80 in 2011 and just 71 a year ago, so having a quarterback with some experience is important to him. “He’s just a veteran, veteran leadership. He’s just like all of us, we’re just trying to pick it up and learn all the nuances of this offense, it’s intricate. We’re working hard to get better,” said the future Hall-of-Fame receiver. “Having the veteran presence in the huddle, in the meeting rooms has been fantastic for me and I know it’s been great for the young guys. It’s exciting.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
The construction of an oncology centre in Limassol will be delayed due to complicated negotiations between the Bank of Cyprus and the health ministry.Plans were expected to be finalised by June this year.“The Bank of Cyprus is just trying to find the best way to provide services that don’t already exist for the patients,” a source said on Friday. This has to do with uncertainties over the national health scheme, but also with the fact that a new private oncology hospital will soon open to cover some of the needs.“There was initially a plan to increase the number of linear accelerators from three to five, but the German centre in Limassol will have two so if the need is served why should we spend money on this equipment?” the source, said referring to equipment that that administers radiation treatment to patients.“The new clinic also provides for brachytherapy, and they are very good at this nuclear medicine, so we should cover something else for which there is a need,” the source added. Brachytherapy treats cancer by inserting radioactive implants directly into the tissue.It is not a matter of not wanting to spend the money, but there are strong opinions on all sides on how to best spend it, the source added.After signing an agreement, The Bank of Cyprus started discussing technical details with the health ministry in January.No exact budget has yet been set aside for the project, as the amount depends on the needs and has not yet been calculated, but the bank expects its initial commitment will be in the region of €11 million, of which €7m is estimated to be for infrastructure and €4.5m for equipment. Not all the money will be needed right at the beginning but it will be supplied in stages.The bank has committed itself to financing the bulk of the much-needed new facility while the state will also pay for some of the building and equipment.The centre is seen as being vital as patients currently have to travel from Paphos and Limassol to Nicosia for treatment, some leaving as early as 5am from Paphos by bus.There are an estimated 3,500 new cancer cases every year, half of which need radiotherapy. About 40 per cent of these patients live in Limassol and Paphos.The new radiation and oncology centre will be located on state land near the Limassol general hospital and will cater for patients from the Limassol and Paphos areas. The three floors of the building are expected to be built and equipped within three years after plans are finalised by the bank and the ministry.The new private oncology clinic, called the German centre as its founder Nicolaos Zamboglou headed the department of radiotherapy and radio oncology in Offenbach, Germany, for nearly 25 years, is nearing completion.It is located near the sea in Ayios Athanasios.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
French energy giant Total, wants to expand its presence into block 8 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Monday.Speaking to reporters at the presidential palace after the meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and the Regional Director of Total, Stephane Michel, Lakkotrypis said the discussion had been constructive. “The next steps in the exploration programme were discussed and one of the most important issues was the interest by Total in participating in block 8,” he said.Block 8 was licensed to Italy’s ENI and “now we see interest by the French company to grow in this segment. It is a very important development that strengthens the [ENI-Total] consortium and expand its presence in Cyprus’ EEZ,” Lakkotrypis added. The consortium has 50 per cent stake each in blocks 6 and 11.Michel, who is in charge of production and research activities in the Middle East region, echoed the minister saying: “We applied as well to enter block 8 owned by ENI and wanted to come to support that demand which is currently being examined by the Minister,” he said.He did not give any further information on the share that the French company wished to acquire in block 8 or on the timetable for confirmation drilling in Calypso field in block 6.Asked about Calypso, Lakkotrypis said the consortium’s work was continuing there but the government planned to secure an independent assessment of quantities in the field.In February, ENI announced that it made a discovery of lean gas after drilling an exploratory well at Calypso. The company said it believed the gas play to hold around 6 to 8 trillion cubic feet.“We discussed the next steps. We are not ready yet to say anything. We are in discussions on other issues, which will be announced as they develop,” he said.Michel, asked if the company would proceed with confirmatory drilling in Calypso, said there was a lot of technical work to be done before this happened. He said so far results had come only from the first borehole and noted there would certainly be confirmatory drilling.To another media question, Lakkotrypis referred to the navy blockade imposed by Turkey on ENI’s drillship in February this year, which prevented it from carrying out its work in block 3, the minister said: “After everything had occurred in Block 3, what we see is that one of the most important partners of the Republic wants to expand its presence in our EEZ, especially in a field such as block 8 which is largely still unexplored.” He said 3D surveys had already been carried out in block 8. “They are currently being processed to determine targets,” he said.Turkey has repeatedly warned Cyprus against taking “unilateral steps” in exploring and developing hydrocarbons without factoring in the Turkish Cypriots with whom Ankara signed a ‘continental shelf delineation agreement’ in 2001.Turkey’s claims on the island’s EEZ partly overlap with Cyprus’ blocks 1, 4, 6 and 7. Ankara also supports the north’s claims on blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13, including within few kilometres from the Aphrodite gas field in block12. You May LikeDirect HealthyAt 62, Steve Harvey Drives This Kind Of CarDirect HealthyUndoHistory A2ZWhere You Should Retire in the USA: States Ranked From Worst To BestHistory A2ZUndoKelley Blue BookConsidering a Full-Size Ford Pickup Truck? Good NewsKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Mays, who attends the Benton Harbor Charter School Academy, claimed the top spot in her age group with her essay, “The Four Magnificent Seasons.” Bell, who attends the STEAM Academy at MLK, won his age group with his entry titled “Detroit Lions – Joique Bell.”“It was an honor to spend time with both Damarien and Reunica and congratulate them on their accomplishments,” said Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “Each of their essays showcased our state in a new and unique way and demonstrated what they learned over the course of the ‘Turning Pages’ contest. It’s exciting to see how each of the Boys & Girls Club members enhanced their reading skills while exploring all that Michigan has to offer.”Pscholka visited both of the participants’ schools and had lunch with them and their favorite teachers and principals.Winners from three different age groups were selected by Pscholka, and all participants from the competition received an honorary tribute signed by Pscholka and Gov. Rick Snyder.### Participants from Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor spent summer learning ‘What Michigan Means’ to themRep. Al Pscholka congratulates Damarien Bell, who claimed the top spot in his age group during the “Turning Pages with Pscholka” summer reading contest. Pscholka visited Bell at the STEAM Academy at MLK and ate lunch with him and his principal, April Margaritis.State Rep. Al Pscholka today met Damarien Bell, who penned the winning entry in the 7-8 age group in the “Turning Pages with Pscholka” summer reading contest. The lawmaker also recently spent time with Reunica Mays, the winner of the 12-and-up age category.Over the summer, Pscholka teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor and the Project Learn Literacy program to facilitate the contest, and nearly 40 participants took part in the competition. The contest encouraged participants to improve their reading levels by choosing fiction and non-fiction literature with a Michigan theme. They were asked to connect their work to the idea, “What does Michigan mean to you?” and create a report, poem, piece of artwork or multimedia presentation demonstrating how their chosen book relates to it.Rep. Al Pscholka congratulates Reunica Mays, the winner of her age group during the “Turning Pages with Pscholka” summer reading contest. Pscholka visited Mays at the Benton Harbor Charter School Academy to eat lunch with her. Categories: News 21Nov Pscholka meets with ‘Turning Pages’ summer reading contest winners
Tags: #SB, Livingston County, Puntam, Rover Pipeline, Theis, town hall Congressman Bishop, Sen. Hune, Rep. Theis to host town hall in Puntam TownshipState Rep. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, invites landowners and residents of Puntam Township to attend a roundtable discussion regarding the Rover Pipeline Project in Pinckney on Monday, Sept. 14.Rep. Theis will co-host this informational town hall event with U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, and state Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville.Congressman Bishop, Sen. Hune, and Rep. Theis will team-up and join efforts for this special town hall event to address the concerns regarding the Rover Pipeline Project going through Puntam Township.“This town hall is a great opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from local landowners on the Rover Pipeline Project and the ideal platform to answer any questions or concerns from the community alongside Congressman Bishop and Senator Hune,” Rep. Theis said. “Our collective efforts will serve as a unified front that will be a helpful and supportive resource benefitting folks in the community.”The town hall meeting will be Monday, Sept. 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Puntam Township Hall (Main Hall) located on 3280 M-36 in Pinckney.For more information regarding the event, contact Rep. Theis’s office at 517-373-1784; or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.##### 18Aug Rep. Theis invites local residents to attend town hall discussing Rover Pipeline Project Categories: Featured news,News,Theis News
Tags: #SB, Franz, HB4170, Veterans Categories: Featured news,News State Rep. Ray Franz of Onekama, left, and Deputy General Counsel to the Michigan Army and National Guard Major David Bedells of Traverse City, delivered testimony today to the House Judiciary Committee in support of Rep. Franz’s legislation to protect veterans disability benefits. This legislation is House Bill 4170. 13Oct Rep. Franz sponsors bill to safeguard veterans disability benefits
19Jul Rep. McCready highlights legislation aimed at helping residents in 40th district Categories: McCready News,News In the first six months of his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives, state Rep. Mike McCready remains committed to working with the 99th Michigan Legislature to promote bills that better the way of life for residents in Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and West Bloomfield Township.McCready serves in House Committees on Commerce and Trade, Families Children, and Seniors, Financial Services and Financial Liability Reform.Among the recent legislation touted by McCready:• A 2017-18 budget that provides record funding for roads and bridges. A total of $450 million will be provided for the upcoming budget year, and $1.2 billion annually by 2021. In addition, legislation has also been approved to strengthen warranties so repaired roadways last longer. The budget will include $35 million for the Michigan Infrastructure Fund to be used to address the state’s water, transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure.• A $41 million allowance within the budget to expand skilled trades programs. This is an increase of $11 million from the current year. An additional $1.2 million will be used for the Agricultural Workforce Initiative to increase agricultural occupations.• Business development grant and loan funds through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation totaling $115.5 million.• Several programs set to be enacted that will provide services for the state’s mentally-ill population, helping to promote a better culture of life.• An increase in revenue sharing for local communities, including cities, villages and townships, totaling over $6 million. This will allow continued and effective police, fire and medical services locally.“These budget measures will be felt at the local level and I’m excited to see the results within my district,” said McCready. “It’s a package that, among other things, addresses the state of our roads and helps get people out in the workforce. Those are two concerns I frequently hear about from the people I represent, so I was pleased to work with my colleagues to focus on those issues.”The budget plan includes an increase of $3.6 million for home delivered meals and senior in-home services. The increase, along with previous investments, will help correct wait list issues within the programs.“Protecting our seniors was a pivotal part of this budget,” said McCready. “Seniors in my district won’t be left behind or forgotten with the plan we have implemented.”McCready also championed a series of 10 bills updating Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws. The bills enact a new Legislative Open Records Act beginning in 2019, which provides for public inspection of legislative records. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor and their employees will also be subject to FOIA requests.“We need to be an open book for the people who are electing us to hold these offices and serve them,” said McCready. “Transparency within our government is essential and people within my district have voiced their concerns about how open and honest our government process is. I was part of 10 unanimous votes in favor of these bipartisan bills to show people in my district that I am committed to the transparency they seek.”
Categories: Cole News 24Oct Committee approves Rep. Cole bill to increase safety for Michigan drivers Bill revises semi-trailer axle length requirementsState Rep. Triston Cole (left), Bill Chapman and Paul Opsommer testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of a bill to revise semi-trailer axle length requirementsThe House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Triston Cole to revise semi-trailer axle length requirements increasing safety for Michigan drivers.The bill eliminates the limited maximum length of 41 feet between the sliding tandem rear axles and the connection point on a semi-tractor.The change will allow drivers to properly utilize the sliding tandem feature when backing up without having to reset the tandems each time.“Not having the ability to move the trailer all the way back is a safety issue on the roadway,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “We need to think of heavy traffic and snow scenarios where this can be dangerous. This piece of legislation would increase safety and productivity for the state of Michigan.”The 41-foot requirement limits the driver’s ability to distribute the load weight in the trailer efficiently, and at times, inefficient load distribution can cause certain axles to be overweight. The weight distribution issue can be addressed by the driver sliding the tandem axles further back.Bill Chapman and Paul Opsommer from Central Transport, a trucking company in Delta Township, testified in support of the bill with Cole earlier this month.The bill does not change the overall length, overall per axle number or maximum weight of the tractor-trailer combinationHouse Bill 4956 moves to the full House for consideration###
29Aug Rep. Alexander invites residents to September office hours Categories: Alexander News No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to speak with the representative, may contact her Lansing office at (517) 373-1795 or JulieAlexander@house.mi.gov.### State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover will hold local office hours for the month of September.“I always look forward to the opportunity to meet with residents from the Jackson area,” Alexander said. “I encourage anyone with questions or ideas about their state government to join me for office hours.”The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Office Hours: Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in JacksonFriday, Sept. 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.;Monday, Sept. 10 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.;Monday, Sept. 17 from 9 to 10 a.m.;Monday, Sept. 24 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; andFriday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Milk BreakFriday, Sept. 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. at M-60 Grill, 13350 Spring Arbor Road in Concord.
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares photo.ua / Shutterstock.com October 13, 2014; New York Times, “ArtsBeat”On Monday, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its Public Art Challenge, a new program that will award at least three cities up to a million dollars each to develop art projects that “celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships and drive economic development.”Mayors will be invited to submit applications, so all you proponents of odd and engaging art installations should start pushing immediately for your mayor’s advocacy, as applications are due in mid-December. Any city in the United States or its territories with more than 30,000 residents can apply, but the projects, which can spend the money over two years, must promise to attract broader and more potentially sustainable support.Bloomberg Philanthropies said work from “all artistic disciplines,” including the performing arts and multimedia projects, would be considered. Who doesn’t love performance art?—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share32Tweet1ShareEmail33 Shares“Just Say No,” Marc FalardeauJanuary 18, 2019; The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)Last Thursday, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on Thursday voted 5–4 to reject giving tax breaks to ExxonMobil, the biggest taxpayer in that county (parish). This decision marks the first time the school board has rejected a tax abatement and is part of a larger trend of local officials taking a more critical eye toward corporate tax abatements.As NPQ has covered, with the public cost of corporate tax abatements becoming more visible due to new government accounting rules, opposition to doling out such abatements has also risen, as examples from Asheville, North Carolina to Nashville, Tennessee—and now East Baton Rouge, Louisiana—indicate. Increasingly, too, it is becoming evident that the money spent on corporate tax abatements can reduce the amount of available public education funding, as a 179-page report that NPQ profiled last year by Timothy Bartik of the Upjohn Institute indicates.In 2016, the state of Louisiana gave local government boards, including school boards, the option to “opt out” of the portion of tax abatements that affects them. That is precisely the step that the East Baton Rouge School Board chose to take last week.“The 5–4 vote,” notes Charles Lussier in The Advocate, “marked a rare defeat for ExxonMobil, which has received hundreds of such tax exemptions.” Leading the campaign to defeat the exemptions were a faith-based group Together Baton Rouge and two teacher unions. “This is a new day for a new type of economic development in Louisiana,” Dianne Hanley, a leader of Together Baton Rouge, said after the vote.ExxonMobil, notes Lussier, “was seeking exemptions from school property taxes worth about $2.9 million over 10 years. The work in question was completed in 2017, and ExxonMobil had a difficult time explaining why it still needed a tax break for them.”According to Lussier, there has been a “fiery debate” over corporate tax breaks and their impact on teacher pay. Last Thursday’s board meeting involved three hours of debate, involving dozens of speakers. Among them was retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, who expressed his opposition to the tax breaks this way: “It’s not that we don’t like Exxon, but it’s time they put their big boy pants on and run their business based on their profit.”The school system’s poor financial situation certainly weighed on board members. According to Lussier, “Superintendent Warren Drake is trying to find ways to save $30 to $40 million over the coming months in order to keep the system out of the financial hole.” Last October, teachers had voted 445–6 to conduct a one-day walkout if the tax abatements were passed.“We are on life support, point blank period, and we deserve this money. I urge you to deny these exemptions,” Tia Mills, president of the East Baton Rouge Association of Educators, said at the board meeting.Among the five school board members who opposed the ExxonMobil tax abatement was newly seated board member Dadrius Lanus. Lanus, Lussier reports, indicated that he wants to find ways to pay for pay raises and universal early childhood education. “It’s very hard because we have a $30 million deficit, and we got a teacher shortage,” Lanus said.—Steve DubbShare32Tweet1ShareEmail33 Shares
Football governing body UEFA has awarded the free-to-air media rights for the 2012-15 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League to KTK in Kazakhstan.Commercial broadcaster KTK will show the best live match each match night in respect of the UEFA Champions League and the best live match each kick-off slot in respect of the UEFA Europa League. Live match coverage of both competitions will be followed each match night by a highlights programme also on KTK.Coverage of both competitions will also be available on mobile and on the internet via www.ktk.kz.
SMIT has launched a new IP video-on-demand conditional access module (CAM) and has released a new CI Plus firmware upgrade package for its CAM range. At IBC, the company will display its IP VOD CAM, allowing viewers to choose their favourite programmes.“The VOD feature represents a new milestone in the world of viewing digital content via CAM. Operators will benefit from the additional VOD features to track subscriber behaviour with targeted programmes to increase ARPU,” said Hongyu Shuai, president and chief operating officer of SMIT. “We are committed to security protection and produc innovation with a focus on new feature development. With the new CI Plus v1.3 specification and CAM features, we look forward to working closer with operators to strengthen content delivery security and enrich viewing experience.”SMIT has also released its CI Plus v1.3 firmware package. CI Plus v1.3 represents the next step in the evolution of CI Plus to provide an enriched feature set. SMIT’s latest generation of CAMs add a number of enhancements, including operator EPG and UI branding using HD graphics, leveraging the host’s IP connection for VOD content delivery, increased operator control over content usage and new capabilities to allow the CAM to tune the host to new services, according to the company.In accordance with CI Plus LLP’s licensing agreement, all new CI Plus devices registered after August 1, 2012 willhave to conform to the CI Plus v1.3 specification. SMIT received CI Plus v1.3 certification on its latest CAM in August from Digital TV Labs and expects commercial production and shipment to commence in the fourth quarter of 2012.SMIT is actively involved in the formulation and development of CI Plus v1.4 specifications. The DVB steering board approved the commercial requirements for CI Plus v1.4 in November 2011 and the technical work on the specification is expected to complete within one year for a public release at the end of the 2012.SMIT will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.F86
Al Jazeera, Russia Today, the Telegraph Media Group and VICE have launched dedicated channels on online video portal Dailymotion.Dailymotion will live stream Al Jazeera’s English and Arabic live news. Al Jazeera will also upload highlighted video news clips daily from both channels that will be available on demand to Dailymotion users.Thousands of videos and news bulletins from Russia Today and the UK’s Telegraph Media Group will also be uploaded to Dailymotion over the coming months.Dailymotion has also teamed up with youth media company VICE to co-produce Foreign Correspondents: How They See Us, is the first of several planned projects.Harriet Fuest, UK content manager at Dailymotion, said: “Dailymotion is really proud to be a distribution platform for some of the world’s leading media. The demand for live news coverage and news videos on demand has grown dramatically over the last 24 months as people have sought independent and up-to-the-minute news on era-defining global events such as the Arab Spring, the election in the US and the growth of China. Dailymotion users can now access an even wider range of news highlights on demand that is complemented by a live stream, ensuring that they can get all their breaking global news on just one site.”
German service provider Ewe Tel has chosen Agama’s DTV Monitoring Solution to deliver quality assurance for its hybrid IPTV and cable service.Ewe Tel provides an IPTV service across northern Germany to TVs PCs, tablets and smartphones. Agama will provide analysers and a central enterprise server to deliver real-time monitoring of the company’s IPTV headend and edge QAM sites.“As a high-performing service provider, we need to provide our customers with the best viewing experience possible,” says Jörn Seemann, manager, operations of multimedia apps and server at Ewe Tel. “It is important to us to have access to the right information at the right time, so that we can both work proactively to prevent problems affecting the service from occurring and act quickly in case of a detected problem. We found a perfect match in Agama’s solution and know-how, and they have proven to be the obvious partner for our quality assurance activities.”
YouTube is to allow users to view content offline for short periods of time via its mobile apps in November.The move is designed to enable users to view videos when an internet connection is unavailable.YouTube did not give further details of the new feature. Mobile devices now account for over one billion daily views on the video sharing site.
CBS’s CEO Les Mooves has said he would sell content to streaming service Aereo, which was soundly defeated by America’s broadcasters in court earlier last month.Moonves, who is one of Aereo’s largest critics, said CBS Corp. was “willing to talk” to the company about a licensing agreement, adding: “The door was open and is still open.”Moonves claimed Aereo’s CEO Chet Kanojia had never approached him about such an agreement, but that if he had, CBS would have considered it.Aereo suspended operations following its crushing defeat at Supreme Court that defined its operations as akin to a cable operator. The firm then released a statement arguing it should be entitled to a statutory licence to transmit content as a ‘cable system’.Moonves claimed Aereo’s legal defence, which coloured the broadcasters as stifling technological innovation in order to protect their own interests, was “pretty good” but “not fair”.“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “It was unfair to characterise it as CBS is stopping innovation. Obviously, we’re in favour of innovation.”Aereo has used individual antennaa to allow consumers to stream channels, including CBS and its broadcast rivals, online for a subscription fee.
The global pay TV market grew at a steady rate of 4% last year, though there was a slower increase in revenues due to “weak currency exchange rates,” according to ABI Research. The new research claims that the worldwide pay TV market reached 923.5 million subscribers last year and is expected to exceed 1.1 billion subscribers in 2020 after climbing at a compound average growth rate of 2.7%.Global pay TV revenues reached US$257 billion in 2014, with this figure expected to grow to US$313 billion service revenues by 2020, according to ABI.The research claims that cable and terrestrial TV markets had weaker growth rates in 2014 compared to satellite and IPTV platforms. However, high definition penetration was found to be increasing across all pay TV platforms.Last year, some 44% of the world pay TV subscriber base counted as HD subscribers, led by Western Europe and North America, with the total figure expected to reach 60% in 2020.“Pay TV operators are now moving towards 4K or Ultra HD service,” said ABI citing DirecTV’s launch of 4K programming in November in the US.“Online video streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon also started to offer 4K content in late 2014. When content availability and 4K TV set adoption increase, 4K services are likely to become a differentiator for pay TV service providers.”ABI industry analyst Khin Sandi Lynn added: “As competition in the pay TV market increases, quality of content, innovations, and service pricing are among the important factors for pay TV operators to maintain customer base.”
Thomas StanekerDeutsche Telecom is increasingly looking to improve efficiency by outsourcing core TV operations to vendors, while taking control of the end-to-end delivery, according to Thomas Staneker.Speaking at TV Connect this morning, Staneker, who is head of the TV technical service centre for Deutsche Telekom / Magyar Telekom, said the company will increasingly “go for models where we operate services not alone”.This follows a major reorganisation two years ago when Deutsche Telecom set up a single TV centre, based in Budapest, to work on consolidated specifications across all seven of the company’s non-German TV markets – which extend from Slovakia to Greece.“Two years, when we started this activity, we had 52 set-top boxes from 26 vendors, five CAS platforms, three to five middleware platforms,” said Staneker. “We called it a zoo – the zoo is an organisation that is typically not very profitable because you need, for every animal, a different cage, different food, different people to treat it. So we decided maybe a farm is a more efficient organisation – where you have one species and you can feed it with big volumes of food that you buy cheaper.”With this internal restructure, Deutsche Telekom has created a “highly efficient” TV operation with better engineering muscle, better technology and faster times to market, according to Staneker.“I think the trusted partnership is very important because we are outsourcing things that normally are core business to a vendor or to a partner,” said Staneker.“When we were looking to get an end-to-end solution that is provided by one single partner, we quickly identified that that is not going to work. That’s why we decided the solution we have to go for is an ecosystem. And I insist that ecosystem is written with a ‘c’ and not with a ‘g’. We are interested in building a value chain together with our partners.”Describing the firm’s new processes, Staneker said that Deutsche Telekom defines the main building blocks of an end-to-end TV architecture and then sources them from the best-in-class vendors it can find.“We have to specify the puzzle pieces in a way that, at the end, they sit together. That is typically done either by standardisation or it is done by a very tight alignment with a couple of vendors that work together,” said Staneker.“We have taken the decision that we will take responsibility for the end-to-end integration of the platform ourselves, which is quite new. We will then specify the borderlines of these different blocks and then source them from the industry, mainly in a dual-vendor scenario, so we will typically have two vendors for the strategic building blocks.”