Cayman Islands sees record growth in Canadian arrivals

first_imgTags: Cayman Islands Posted by Share Cayman Islands sees record growth in Canadian arrivals << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Friday, January 12, 2018 Travelweek Group TORONTO — The Cayman Islands is seeing significant growth in tourist arrivals from Canada, with visitation up 6.37% in 2017.The destination saw record-breaking arrivals in both air and cruise visitation, representing the best year on record with a total of 418,403 stayover visitors (+8.55% over 2016), and 1,728,444 cruisers. U.S. visitors also saw an uptick last year, with a growth rate of 13.44%.For the seventh straight year (June through December), air arrivals surpassed all previously recorded statistics. A total of 49,003 stayover visitors arrived in December, an increase of 21.61% over December 2016 and up 20.8% over December 2014, which held the previous record for best ranked December in recorded history.According to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, December increases were fuelled by growth predominantly in North America, namely the U.S. and Canada, which saw increases of 27.43% and 22.71%, respectively, over 2016. These two markets represent the highest standout growth.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem“The performance of the country’s tourism sector and all who played a role in attracting more visitors to the destination should be extraordinarily proud of their efforts,” said Moses Kirkconnell, Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism. “It is the mandate of the Ministry of Tourism to facilitate annual growth in visitation; however, it is a collective effort that makes it a success. I encourage all of us in the tourism industry and its auxiliary partners to use this accomplishment as a springboard for even greater success in 2018.”Last year’s success can be attributed to a diversified marketing plan that increased brand awareness on a global scale. Key initiatives launched in 2017 included the ‘Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee’, which gave travellers peace of mind during one of the most active hurricane seasons for the Caribbean to date.Looking ahead to 2018, tourism numbers are expected to remain on an upward trend thanks to increased air capacity from carriers like Air Canada, which launched six nonstop flights per week on Dec. 15, 2017, to run through April 2, 2018. Aviation, says the Department of Tourism, is a catalyst for driving Canadian and overall international visitation.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and our island partners in Grand Cayman are absolutely delighted with the expanded service and the impact this has had and will continue to have on driving tourism to the destination,” said Raymond Mathias, Business Development Manager for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. This added lift will boost both leisure and business travel to the destination as we continue to build on the growth we’ve already seen in 2017.”last_img read more

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Pakistan peace talks stalled by soldier deaths

first_imgAs part of the negotiations, a member of the Taliban negotiating team travelled to the militant stronghold of North Waziristan to meet with the militant leaders and then convey their demands to the government.The coordinator for the Taliban’s negotiating team said at a press conference Monday that he regretted the government’s decision to cancel the meeting: “We still believe that the contacts should be strengthened to avoid bloodshed.”Critics of the peace process say the militants have broken several such agreements in the past and simply used them to strengthen their organization and regroup.Ongoing attacks even as the peace process started have cast doubt over how far these negotiations will go.The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bombing last week that killed 13 police officers in the southern port city of Karachi.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Patients with chronic pain give advice Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Top Stories ISLAMABAD (AP) – A Pakistani government committee tasked with negotiating with the local Taliban Monday cancelled a scheduled round of talks after militants claimed to have killed 23 soldiers in their captivity, a government official said, throwing peace efforts into crisis.There was no point meeting the Pakistani Taliban’s representatives after the deaths were announced, said Irfan Sadiqui, a member of the government’s four-man committee. Sadiqui is also an adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has advocated negotiations over military action as a way to end the years of bloodshed in the country’s northwest. “We have to say with regret that things are not moving in the right direction,” Sadiqui said.A faction of the Pakistani Taliban announced late Sunday that they had killed the soldiers, who they said had been kidnapped in 2010. It was not immediately clear whether the faction acted with the approval of the central command. The faction said the deaths were in revenge for government forces killing their members.There was no independent way to verify the claim. The Associated Press reported in June 2010 about claims by militants to have kidnapped 35 Frontier Corps troops in the Mohmand Agency tribal region. It was not immediately clear whether this was the same group of soldiers and if so, why the numbers were different.Sharif condemned the killings and said they would have a negative effect on the negotiations. He termed the killings a heinous crime.“Pakistan can’t afford such bloodshed anymore,” he said.The Pakistani Taliban have been waging a bloody campaign for years of bombings and attacks against the state in a bid to overthrow the government and enforce their own harsh brand of Islamic law.The government’s committee was scheduled to meet a committee tasked with negotiating for the militants at a seminary in the northwest where Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar and his other top commanders are said to have studied. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

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Indigenous leaders complain of being left off popes agenda

first_imgQUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s largest indigenous association is complaining that it was left off of Pope Francis’s agenda during his visit to Ecuador, where the group has been at odds with President Rafael Correa.The head of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities, Jorge Herrera, said Roman Catholic Church officials never responded clearly to the group’s request to meet directly with Francis during his three days in the country. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Top Stories “It seems we’re not being permitted a direct voice,” he said late Monday.The pope has made outreach to indigenous people a persistent theme during his three-nation South American tour. He has said indigenous peoples are the most vital stewards of the environment and the group most hurt by the ravages of deforestation and contamination by petroleum and mining industries.The confederation, known by its Spanish initials as CONAIE, believes that for that reason, Francis should grant it privileged status during his three days in Ecuador.The pope had no events in the country specifically aimed at indigenous people, though a lector at Tuesday’s papal Mass in Quito delivered a reading in its dominant native tongue, Quichua.In addition, 20 indigenous delegates were invited to a Tuesday night meeting with the pope that included an array of “civil society” organizations, from business to sports to cultural figures.CONAIE has clashed with nearly every Ecuadorean government since it was founded in 1986, and its street mobilizations helped topple a president in 2000. It has been battling Correa’s effort to expand mining and oil drilling in the Amazon and several of its activists have been jailed for their roles in the protests. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Vatican planners generally try to avoid political provocations of a host government and usually are showered with requests for a meeting with the pontiff.Ecuador’s 18 indigenous groups, dominated by the Quichua to which Herrera belongs, account for at least a third of the country’s 15 million people. However, only about 1 million identified themselves as such in the country’s 2010 census.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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CFPB Offers Lenders a Helping Hand

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News March 22, 2016 572 Views CFPB Offers Lenders a Helping Hand Sharecenter_img Starting March 31, more lenders will qualify for small, rural crediting provisions, thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new ruling announced this morning.According to the CFPB, the Bureau has officially moved to implement Congress’ recent HELP Act, which stands for Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities. The act expands the guidelines for what “small creditors” are and will allow more lenders to take advantage of special lending provisions on CFPB mortgage rules set forth in January 2014.Since the initial implementation of these rules, the CFPB has made several moves to expand the definitions of “small creditor” and “rural area,” but before the HELP Act, smaller lenders were only eligible for special provisions if more than half its loans were in rural or underserved areas.Now, with the HELP Act in place, creditors have access to special provisions if they originate just one mortgage loan on a property in a rural or underserved area in the previous calendar year. The CFPB has said it will monitor the results of these changes and adjust the rules as needed in the future.One of the special provisions available to these newly qualified “small lenders” allows creditors to originate Qualified Mortgages with balloon payments, despite the CFPB’s Ability-to-Repay rule, which disallows balloon payments and other risky loan features on QM loans. The special provisions also allow small creditors to originate high-cost mortgages with balloon payments, and they are not required to establish escrow accounts for those loans either.CFPB Director Richard Cordray explains: “The Consumer Bureau today has acted to implement the recent law that extends to more small creditors the specific provisions for operating in rural or underserved areas. This rule provides broader eligibility for lenders serving in those areas to originate balloon-payment qualified and a high-cost mortgages.”The new rule will officially go into effect March 31, and comments will be accepted for 30 days after. CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau HELP Act Lenders Underserved and Rural Areas 2016-03-22 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The quarterback competition between Kevin Kolb and Skelton has been one of the most-talked-about in the entire National Football League. But it’ll be Skelton, who threw for 131 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions in the preseason, who will guide the offense in the opener.In Kolb’s absence last season, Skelton led the Cardinals to a 5-2 record as the starter. His success in 2011 may have helped him lock up the job this season.Whisenhunt said Skelton, a fifth-round pick out of Fordham in 2010, has made considerable progress as a professional. – / 7 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img John Skelton will start at quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals’ season opener a week from Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium.Coach Ken Whisenhunt made the official announcement Friday afternoon. “Looking at a lot of different factors, and I’m not going to get into the specifics of everything that was involved, but it’s fair to say that at this point going forward we feel like the quarterback that gives us the best chance to win right now is John Skelton,” Whisenhunt said. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories last_img read more

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Rep Hughes announces February office hours

first_img Categories: Hughes News Tags: #SB 19Feb Rep. Hughes announces February office hours State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, invites residents to meet with her locally to discuss state and local issues of interest.The lawmaker will be at the following locations on Friday, Feb. 2710-11 a.m. Village Inn, Fruitport340 N. Third AveFruitport, MI 49415Noon-1 p.m. Tanglewood Park, Norton Shores560 Seminole RoadNorton Shores, MI 49444 2:30-3:30 p.m. Dalton Township Hall1616 E. Riley-Thompson RoadMuskegon, MI 49445An appointment is not necessary for district office hours. Residents unable to meet Rep. Hughes during these scheduled times can contact her office toll free at 877-633-0331, or viaemail at HollyHughes@house.mi.gov. ###last_img

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Rep Garcia invites Ottawa County residents to Nov 7 office hours

first_img09Nov Rep. Garcia invites Ottawa County residents to Nov. 7 office hours Categories: Garcia News,News State Rep. Daniela García is inviting Ottawa County residents to join her for in-district office hours scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7.“There is nothing more important than listening to my constituents in the 90th District, so I hope to see everyone during the office hours in Holland, Zeeland and Hudsonville,” said Rep. García, R-Holland. “Your feedback on our state government is crucial as that’s what I take to Lansing, especially in November and December.”Office hours will take place Nov. 7 at the following times and locations:11 a.m-noon at Gary Byker Memorial Library, 3388 Van Buren St. in Hudsonville;1-2 p.m. at Howard Miller Public Library, 14 S. Church St. in Zeeland; and3-4 p.m. at Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave. in Holland.No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. García’s office by phone at 517-373-0830 or email at DanielaGarcia@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

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Rep Whiteford will play key role in developing state budget

first_img26Jan Rep. Whiteford will play key role in developing state budget Legislator now leads Environmental Quality SubcommitteeState Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, was today named chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Environmental Quality Subcommittee by Speaker Tom Leonard.Whiteford was also appointed to serve as vice chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development as well as a member of the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs/Insurance and Financial Services, and Health and Human Services Subcommittees. She also serves as a member of the House leadership team as majority caucus vice chair.“It’s an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of serving on our state’s budget committee,” Whiteford said. “I believe in responsible spending and ensuring that every tax dollar is spent in the best interest of Michigan families. I look forward to taking on this very important task.”Whiteford previously served on the House Natural Resources Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.House committees will have their first meetings in the coming weeks.### Categories: Whiteford Newslast_img read more

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Rep Kelly votes to increase funding to Michigans students

first_img Categories: Kelly News,News 28Mar Rep. Kelly votes to increase funding to Michigan’s students State Rep. Tim Kelly, of Saginaw Township, today voted to increase the state’s allocation for each individual K-12 student by $100 as part of a $14.3 billion education budget.“Supporting our students, local school districts and Michigan’s future is a smart, responsible investment,” said Kelly, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid. “Our state’s continued recovery and success is dependent on every student getting the best possible education.”Among the key items in the approved education budget:Increases K-12 education funding to $14.3 billion, the highest ever in state history.Adds $100 more funding for each and every Michigan student, which adds up to $143 million more in Michigan’s classrooms.Increases funding for career and technical education programs (CTE) to $37.6 million, while also expanding grants for public-private partnership in CTE programs.Prioritizes early childhood literacy with $25.4 million dedicated to added instruction time, increased work with literacy coaches and in-classroom screenings to help K-3 students.Helps “at-risk students” with more funding for free or discounted lunches and added instruction time.“Over the past two months, we’ve participated in hours of presentations and testimony to help decide the best opportunities for Michigan’s students,” Kelly said. “This budget shows we have a brighter future across our state, starting from the classrooms.”The budget will be forwarded to the House Appropriations Committee for its consideration.#####last_img read more

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Macomb County legislators laud measure ensuring effective use of PFAS cleanup funds

first_img The five Republican legislators representing Macomb County residents today supported a resolution in the Michigan House ensuring effective use of state funds provided to address a contaminant identified in the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.In December, the Legislature agreed to allocate $23.2 million to provide testing, monitoring and technical assistance at more than a dozen sites across Michigan where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in groundwater.State Reps. Diana Farrington, Pamela Hornberger, Peter Lucido, Steve Marino and Jeff Yaroch all supported the budget allocation as well as today’s resolution, which provides a framework to ensure public tax dollars are used in an impactful way.“We need to act quickly and efficiently to address the contamination in Macomb County,” said Marino, of Harrison Township, whose district includes the lake, river and Selfridge Air Base, which is adjacent to two of the contaminated sites. “The resolution we approved today will help form a sensible action plan to guide the efforts of state agencies and the PFAS Action Response Team appointed by Gov. Snyder.”The resolution calls on the PFAS Action Response Team to create a scientific advisory committee made up of experts with various backgrounds.“It’s important to ensure the spending decisions made by the PFAS Action Response Team are backed by science,” said Farrington, of Utica. “The advisory committee will conduct a non-biased scientific risk assessment to determine, among other things, the extent of PFAS contamination in Michigan and who is responsible for its presence.”Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said this will also help determine the extent of public exposure.“The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has identified 14 locations in Michigan so far, but I believe this will go much further,” Hornberger said. “PFAS are found in everything from fire foam used by the military to carpets, clothing and upholstery found in all homes.”Additionally, the scientific advisory committee will be asked to conduct an evaluation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s current drinking water health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion.“This is a complex issue that the state of Michigan is likely going to be dealing with for many years to come,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “The information gathered by the scientific advisory committee will give us the tools we need to make sure state resources are spent in an effective and efficient manner.”Yaroch, of Richmond, said information gathered by the scientific advisory committee will help guide Michigan’s PFAS response in the future.“Protecting our fresh water is a top priority, and we need to respond quickly to address the risks of PFAS,” Yaroch said.### Categories: Hornberger News 06Feb Macomb County legislators laud measure ensuring effective use of PFAS cleanup fundslast_img read more

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Rep Berman town hall draws over 40 residents

first_img10May Rep. Berman town hall draws over 40 residents Categories: Berman News,Berman Photos State Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township hosted over 40 community members for a town hall meeting on Thursday to discuss road funding in Michigan. Joining him were special guests Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, and Dennis Kolar, Managing Director of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC).“It was encouraging to see so many people engaged and eager to learn more about our current road funding situation in Michigan,” Rep. Berman said. “I appreciated Chair O’Malley and Director Kolar joining us and adding valuable experience to the discussions.”Rep. O’Malley is traveling to different regions of the state discussing road funding directly with local residents. “My goal is to make sure the House Transportation Committee is asking the questions you, the citizens of Michigan, want answered,” Rep. O’Malley said. “I appreciated Rep. Berman’s invitation, as it allowed me to share some of our findings with residents of Oakland County as well as listen directly to their ideas and concerns regarding fixing our roads.”The town hall took place on Thursday, May 9 at Commerce Township Community Library in Commerce Township.Rep. Berman and his guests provided an update on current road funding discussions, a brief summary on the history of road funding in Michigan and thoughts on potential options to improve the quality of our infrastructure around the state. They also discussed innovative and cost saving ideas being tested or utilized throughout Michigan and North America.For more information on items highlighted during the event and to stay up to date on road funding discussions, contact Rep. Berman’s office by calling (517) 373-1799 or by email at RyanBerman@house.mi.gov.State Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township addresses the topic of road funding in Michigan at his local town hall meeting.last_img read more

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Massive Gun Control Billboard Must Be Moved—But Advocates Will Not Be Moved

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares May 19, 2014; Boston GlobeBoston is famous for its landmarks, which include the now-famous neon CITGO sign. Maybe the 252-foot-long billboard along the Mass Pike that has been advocating gun control for nearly 20 years should be given some kind of protected status?Most of the 150,000 drivers a day traveling east into Boston on the Massachusetts Turnpike know to expect the 252-foot-long in-your-face billboard that reminds you that YOU have a responsibility to end gun violence. Right now, it reads, “45,864 Americans killed since the massacre at Sandy Hook.”And then, “Assault weapons have stopping power. Fortunately, so does your vote.”The messages change approximately yearly, but they are always provocative. The billboard has been there as a beacon to social action on the issue since 1995, when John Rosenthal, a real estate developer, installed it on the side of a parking garage he owned. Rosenthal is a co-founder of Stop Handgun Violence, the nonprofit that sponsors the sign.Next March, however, the billboard is slated to be taken down by the parent company of the Boston Red Sox, which bought the garage in 2013.“I’m hopeful that we’ll find a property owner who shares our concern about gun violence,” Rosenthal said. “We cannot afford to pay a high rent, and the billboard will just cease to exist if that’s the only option.”Rosenthal is now looking for another property owner who would host the massive digital sign, and he is supported in this by new mayor Marty Walsh, who called the sign “an eye-opening reminder of the tragedy of the crimes being perpetrated with guns across our nation.”House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a Winthrop Democrat and a supporter of gun control, comments, “There is not a time when, if I’m on the Pike or walking to the ballpark, I will not look at that billboard…It’s very simple, but I can’t think of another more powerful [sign] that I’ve ever seen.”Rosenthal will surely find a place for his message. He has a lot of powerful friends and admirers—like Don Law, a concert promoter who thinks that the billboard has helped shape the debate in Massachusetts, where gun licensing requirements were tightened in 1998.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nonprofits May Have Been the Secret Sauce that Helped End 90s Crime

first_imgShare39Tweet28Share8Email75 SharesBy Theanphibian (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsNovember 28, 2017; MinnPostThe US, as NPQ has noted, faces many fissures, but one area of marked success in the past two decades has been a dramatic decline in the crime rate. Yes, of course, the US is still violent, marked by all-too-frequent mass shootings, but hidden behind the daily blotter is a remarkable decline in crime. And nonprofits may have played a larger-than-understood role in that decline. Such is the argument advanced by New York University associate professor Patrick Sharkey and doctoral students Gerard Torrats-Espinosa and Delaram Takyar in an article published in last month’s American Sociological Review.As Greta Kaul writes in MinnPost, the findings are “pretty striking: In more than 20 years across 264 cities, for every 10 additional nonprofit organizations focused on things like reducing crime, mitigating violence and building community per 100,000 residents, murder rates went down by nine percent. Violent crime went down by six percent, and property crime went down by four percent.”Of course, correlation is not causation. But the American Sociological Review is not just any journal. It is, as the American Sociological Association notes, “the top ranked journal” in its field. So, the authors wouldn’t have gotten published if they didn’t control for other factors.In fact, as Kaul writes,The study’s model accounts for other things that occurred around the time nonprofits boomed and crime declined, such as an increase in police force sizes and higher incarceration rates. It focuses on the addition of community nonprofits—those that work in preventing crime, neighborhood development, substance abuse prevention, job training and workforce development, and activities for young people—and not on nonprofits that work in areas including the arts, medical research and the environment that would be less likely to affect crime rates. The study also controls for the fact that nonprofits that have an effect on violent crime rates are more likely to spring up in more crime-ridden areas.While the results varied across cities, in general, the cities with the largest increase in community nonprofits saw the largest drops in crime. New York City, for example, which added 25 community nonprofits for every 100,000 of its residents between 1990 and 2013, saw a larger than average crime rate drop.Kaul adds that, “The researchers aren’t suggesting every nonprofit plays a role in reducing violence, but they write that there’s evidence that organizations that do things like summer jobs for teenagers, in-school programming, cognitive behavioral therapy and tutoring can have an effect on crime rates.”In the journal article itself, the authors write, “It is easy to romanticize the efforts of [nonprofit] organizations and assume they were effective without any formal evaluation. However, it is also easy to dismiss or overlook the work of local organizations and to assume they did not play a meaningful role in reducing violence.”The authors conclude: “As the practice of aggressive or violent policing and the expansion of the criminal justice system have met with growing protest, community-based organizations may become increasingly central to the effort to control violence within communities that are vulnerable to a rise in violent crime. We argue that the evidence presented in this article is thus relevant not only for understanding why violence fell in the 1990s, but also for reconsidering the set of actors and organizations that have the greatest potential to build stronger urban communities and control violent crime in the years to come.”—Steve DubbShare39Tweet28Share8Email75 Shareslast_img read more

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Pay TV provider Sky Italia has claimed victory in

first_imgPay TV provider Sky Italia has claimed victory in a court case with rival Mediaset over its rights to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.Mediaset’s broadcasting arm RTI had claimed that Sky’s acquisition of the rights to the 2010 tournament had breached the conditions set by the European Commission to green-light the 2003 merger between Stream and Telepiù to create Sky Italia. RTI had initially asked the Court of Arbitration to make the rights available to other broadcasters before the start of the competition, and then demanded compensation over its inability to broadcast the games on its Mediaset Premium service.The Court of Arbitration has now ruled that the rights to the World Cup did not fall within the enforcement of the merger undertakings because the event was not essential to the competitiveness of a competing television offer.last_img read more

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Eighty billion things will be connected to the int

first_imgEighty billion things will be connected to the internet by 2020, according to research by France-based IDATE.According to IDATE’s Internet of Things report, 15 billion things – including machines, connected devices and objects connected via an intermediary – were connected to the internet in 2012, up from four billion two years earlier.IDATE predicts that 85% of the 80 billion things to be connected by 2020 will fall into what it describes as the ‘internet of objects’ category – including objects that do not contain the electronics required to connect directly to the internet but which may be connected via the use of an intermediate device via, for example, radio-frequency identification or 2D barcodes. The leading vertical markets for internet of objects devices will be pharmaceuticals and textiles, according to IDATE.Communicating devices will account for 11% of the 2020 total, with machine-to-machine connected devices accounting for 4%, according to IDATE.last_img read more

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German smart TV services firm NetRange has partner

first_imgGerman smart TV services firm NetRange has partnered with Italian set-top box maker TELE System to provide next generation Smart TV portals in TELE System’s IP and hybrid set-top boxes.TELE System will launch the first product integrating NetRange’s Smart TV portals, called tsPlay, in stores in Italy this week. This will allow TELE System customers who do not own connected TVs to access regional and international apps“The TELE System philosophy of designing user-friendly, affordable products is a great success story. We are delighted to be able to make a contribution to TELE System and the Italian market,” said Jan Wendt, CEO of NetRange.The firm operates integrated, full-service Smart TV portals for major clients such as Sharp, IKEA, Loewe, Vestel and SES Astra.last_img

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Numericable owner Altice has no intention of raisi

first_imgNumericable owner Altice has no intention of raising its offer for Vivendi’s SFR following Bouygues’ improved offer for the French telco, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.Bouygues on Thursday made a new offer of EUR13.15 billion for SFR, an increase of EUR1.85 billion on its previous offer.According to the Journal, citing an unnamed source, Altice owner Patrick Drahi has decided not to increase his offer and hopes to strike a definitive deal with Vivendi before the window of exclusivity between the pair expires on April 4.Bouygues said at the end of last week that its improved offer will be on the table until April 8, four days after the end of the exclusive negotiations between Vivendi and Altice.Bouygues has made the case that Vivendi has a duty to consider its new offer irrespective of its agreement to enter into three weeks of exclusive negotiations with Altice.last_img read more

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Time Warner has spent US346 million €276 million

first_imgTime Warner has spent US$346 million (€276 million) on restructuring and redundancy costs to date this year.The US media giant’s latest financial results show third quarter restructuring and severance costs were US$303 million as a strategy to significantly reduce headcount kicked in.Staff are being cut at channels business Turner Broadcasting System, studio subsidiary Warner Bros. and premium cable business HBO. The Warner cuts, which largely affect IT and finance employees, began yesterday, according to an internal memo from CEO Kevin Tsujihara.Time Warner executives warned the full year figure will be more than US$400 million, and noted the plan to cut 1,000 jobs at Warner Bros. will cost around US$100 million in the fourth quarter.“We expect to generate annual savings from our restructuring actions of around $450 million over time, with much of it coming in 2015,” said Time Warner’s CFO and executive VP Howard Averill. “That will allow us to invest even more in great content and help position us for future growth across the company.”Overall, Time Warner posted Q3 revenues up 3% year-on-year of US$6.2 billion. Warner Bros. took revenues of US$2.78 billion and Turner posted US$2.47 billion, with both figures slightly up on their corresponding 2013 totals.A Turner decision to stop airing Warner Bros. shows on TBS and TNT that “no longer fit the brand promise of its networks”, as Averill put it, resulted in an inter-company programming charge of US$343 million. Programmes cut include The Mentalist, which was yesterday cancelled by CBS and Tyler Perry shows.“But I want to make sure I want to pause for a second because I don’t want people to believe that acquired programming no longer has a place on our networks,” said Turner boss Martin.Former Fox chief Kevin Reilly was yesterday named named as president of TNT and TBS.There was stronger growth at HBO, which put registered quarterly revenues of US$1.3 billion, compared with US$1.19 billion the previous year.However, total adjusted operating income fell across the board, with Time Warner recording US$993 million, down significantly on 2013 Q3’s US$1.59 billion. Turner in particular dropped, down from US$971 million to US$350 million.Time Warner’s full year operating income is slightly up on 2013, however, at US$4.59 billion.Time Warner was recently the subject of a takeover bid from rival US giant 21st Century Fox, but turned down the US$80 billion approach in favour of a plan to grow its business from within.In an earnings calls with analysts, Turner CEO John Martin said: “We’re going to own more of our originals – that means Turner and Warner.”Restructuring at his division is expected to result in US$200 million annual savings.last_img read more

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Denmark is the most digital country in Europe a

first_imgDenmark is ‘the most digital country’ in Europe, according to new stats released yesterday by the European Commission, which has made moving to a “fully-fledged digital single market” one of its top priorities.According to the Digital Economy and Society Index, Denmark had an overall score of 0.68 (out of 1) and ranked first of the 28 EU member states, with the country boasting the most advanced use of digital public services.Danes were also found to be among “the most intensive users of video-on-demand and on-line shopping,” with 74% of households with TV accessing broadband-delivered video-on-demand.Sweden was ranked number two in the digital index with a score of 0.66. Fixed broadband is available to 99% of homes in the country, with high-speed broadband networks available to 71% of homes.Some 57% of Swedes were found to access music, videos and games over the web, 52% made video calls, while 44% of TV households accessed VoD.The Netherlands came in third place with a score of 0.63, with fast internet available to 98% of Dutch households and the Dutch appearing to “particularly make use of internet banking and shopping, video on demand, and IPTV.”Finland, Belgium and the UK ranked fourth, fifth and sixth with respective scores of 0.62, 0.59 and 0.55.“The Digital Index shows how radically people have changed the way they watch films: they still follow their favourite series on TV but a considerable number – 40% – watches also video on demand and films online. We need to adapt to citizens’ needs and we have to think about adapting our policy,” said Günther Oettinger, commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, whose home country, Germany, came 10th in the rankings.Speaking at the #Digital4EU stakeholder forum in Brussels this week, European Commission vice-president for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, whose native Estonia ranked seventh, said that building a digital single market in Europe means “building the long-lasting foundation for our digital future.”Among Ansip’s stated “ideals” were: no discrimination based on nationality or unjustified geo-blocking; a single contract law for online transactions to provide clear and safe rules for buyers and sellers; and a single data protection regime and a clear system for data access.last_img read more

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Sky in Germany has launched its standalone interne

first_imgSky in Germany has launched its standalone internet TV service, Sky Online, on Android smartphones and tablets.The service, which lets customers pay to access Sky content for a monthly fee with no contract, is now available on Google Nexus 5 phones and Nexus 7 tablets, as well as a range of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets.Similar to Sky’s Now TV service in the UK, Sky Online offers two pay-monthly options – a starter pack and a film pack – plus single-day sports passes to watch all of Sky’s live sports, including Bundesliga football.Julia Schuler, vice president of product development at Sky Germany said that the premium digital service offers customers more flexibility. “With the availability on Android devices we address additional target groups, who want to see our film, series and sports programming while on the move,” she said.At launch, the following Android smartphones and tablets will support Sky Online: Google Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S4 mini, S5, S5 mini, grade 2, grade 3, grade 10.1 and Tab 3 (7.0, 10.1), Table 4 (7.0, 10.1) and Tab S (8.4, 10.5).Sky Online is already available online, on the iPhone, iPad, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TVs and on the Sky Online TV Box.last_img read more

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