Where theres smoke there isnt always fire Batavia Air

first_imgA number of passegners were injured last week when they jumped out of an Indonesian jet as it prepared to take off from Bali, falsely believing the plane had caught on fire. The Batavia Air Boeing 737, carrying 148 passengers and six crew was preparing to leave the terminal at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, en route to Surabaya city in East Java, when the panic occured at 11.45am (1445 AEDT).”Some passengers saw smoke coming out from the plane’s right side. They screamed and shouted that the plane was on fire,” airline spokesman Eddy Haryanto told AFP.”That caused other passengers to panic and rush to the emergency exit. They forced open the door and jumped off the plane,” he said. Six injured passengers were sent to hospital, the spokesman said, adding their condition was unknown.”There was no fire, it was only smoke from the exhaust and that’s normal as the pilot had just started up the engines,” Haryanto said.Indonesia is known as having one of Asia’s worst air safety records. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/29ed5/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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Qantas pilots to take industrial action

first_imgQantas is facing mild industrial action on Friday   The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) has advised Qantas that its long-haul pilots would be taking industrial action against the airline from this Friday, one week after its members overwhelmingly voted in favour of work stoppages.The implications of the work bans are currently being assessed by the carrier, who will write to the pilot’s union seeking clarification on the action which will include union announcements to passengers over in-flight public address systems. “Qantas’ priority is always to our customers and we are disappointed that the pilots’ union would intentionally disturb customers’ in-flight experience to make a point during an industrial dispute,” the airline said in a statement. Although Qantas is not expecting any flight delays or cancellations, it nonetheless said it was “disappointed” with the announcement. “This dispute is about the pilots’ union attempting to force all Qantas subsidiaries including Jetstar, to pay the same high rates as Qantas,” the airline said.“The claim appears to be designed to damage the viability of Jetstar and other subsidiaries in the naive belief that this will lead to increased activity in Qantas.”According to the union, the action will focus on raising public awareness and not on disrupting flights, and in-flight announcements would be brief and positive.“After all, Qantas pilots are attempting to defend the brand they care about deeply,” AIPA spokesperson and Qantas pilot Nathan Safe told reporters in Sydney. Qantas has claimed, that if successful the demands would “drive up airfares, cost jobs and make Qantas airlines and routes unprofitable”.The beleaguered carrier is also involved in an ongoing dispute with its engineers over wages and conditions. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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Not far below Nelson was thirdround pick David Jo

first_imgNot far below Nelson was third-round pick David Johnson, who is expected to carve out a role in Arizona’s backfield.65. RB David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals: Don’t be surprised if he quickly works his way up the depth chart. Bruce Arians will have some create uses for his abilities. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Christian is looked at as an H-back in Arizona’s offense, and for a team that is short on experience at the tight end position, a solid offseason could lead to him having a greater role than anticipated. – / 8center_img Humphries was followed by receiver J.J. Nelson, a fifth-round selection who posted the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine. And the final Cardinal on the list was the last player selected in the entire draft, tight end Gerald Christian. 90. TE Gerald Christian, Arizona Cardinals: Mr. Irrelevant? Hardly, as Christian will be a quality player for the Cardinals. The Arizona Cardinals chose seven players in the 2015 NFL Draft.According to NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer, four of them are among the top 100 rookies who will make an impact in 2015.The highest-ranked Cardinal was first-round pick D.J. Humphries.23. OL D.J. Humphries, Arizona Cardinals: Humphries should help take care of Carson Palmer while also boosting the run game. 61. WR J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals: A threat to take it to the house in the return game, don’t be surprised if Nelson makes his presence known in a crowded receiver corps, too. Top Stories last_img read more

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Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler the Privat

first_imgHong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced the opening of its debut Reserve property, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Krabi, Southern Thailand.As the world’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Phulay Bay embodies the attributes, philosophy and unique style and design of the Reserve brand extension. It has been designed for those who seek to escape the stresses of everyday life and immerse themselves into a completely bespoke and personally-tailored-to-suit vacation experience.Set on the shores of the Andaman Sea, Phulay Bay is a striking 54-villa and pavilion boutique hotel offering unspoilt views of the naturally rugged shoreline and dramatic limestone karsts which make up this beautiful part of southern Thailand.The resort is the vision and work of in-demand Thai architect Lek Bunnag, and is an awe-inspiring combination of modern styling and architecture; grand and oversized in scale with distinctive accents from not only Thai, but Middle Eastern and Moroccan cultures. Bunnag takes inspiration from beautiful things from around the world to create an environment where the senses are continuously triggered and enlivened from the moment guests enter the resort driveway to the moment they leave.An exhilarating sense of arrival will immediately let guests know they are somewhere special: 20ft high aubergine walls and ‘hedges’ made from indigenous trees create a sense of wonder from the outside and a great sense of peace and stillness once on the inside. Guests enter the resort through the high walls and walk over a stepping-stone pathway that leads them to a magnificent pitched-roof Thai pavilion situated on an island surrounded by thousands of gently flickering candles.From here on in, guests subtly and gently have their senses enriched and stimulated with the resort’s own scent, signature drink, the stunning scenery from both inside the accommodation and throughout the resort, to tactile 100% Thai silk soft furnishings used in the villas and restaurants.“When styling and designing Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, we were very conscious of the abundant natural beauty surrounding us which is what makes people fall in love with Thailand,” explained Estelita Sebeto, the resort’s General Manager. “We want guests to enjoy and discover the extraordinary diversity so have worked with nature to maintain a setting that evokes the very best of the natural environment and sourced local and sustainable materials in its construction and styling.”Working closely with Thai interior designer IA49, Bunang has carefully designed buildings and public spaces to combine contemporary with culture, perfectly complementing the natural flora of existing trees and plants which cleverly act as privacy screens throughout the grounds offering greater intimacy in the resort. The use of traditional story-telling Lanna art forms both in architectural structure and as paintings and artworks on the walls and doors of villas further stimulates the senses and creates an element of interest for guests.No two of the resort’s 16 signature Reserve Villas are the same; all slightly different in physical design and styling, guests can opt for a villa with lap pool and lawn area for sun worshiping, a private rooftop for alfresco dining and sunset viewing, or a completely secluded pool bathing area for total privacy. Across all nonetheless, luxury prevails with oversized 3metre by 2metre beds, deep sunken baths, walk in closets, expansive decked gardens and vast ‘keyhole’ doorways that create a sense of magic setting the guest at ease and welcoming them to luxury.With an emphasis on personalised, bespoke experiences, guests can ‘design’ or tailor make their visit to perfectly suit their needs and desires. Their very own villa butler, can organise a light BBQ lunch at a favourite beach spot; a meditation class with local monks; elephant trekking to a remote picnic spot; a sea plane tour of region’s dramatic scenery; an in-villa personal yoga session; a boat journey to surrounding islands – the possibilities are endless.World-class culinary experiences will be available throughout the resort’s six intimate and carefully thought-out restaurants. Each designed to accommodate a small number of guests for highly personalised and non intrusive service. Chef will personally meet diners to better understand their tastes and preferences and all ingredients will be sourced from local markets and cooked fresh.Included is the resort’s signature Thai restaurant, Sri Trang, a modern, and stylish restaurant with private dining room for 10 set on its own jetty overlooking the shoreline called ‘Sri Trang by the Sea’. Lae Lay, the resort’s sea front pavilion sits parallel to a 23metre infinity pool stretching out to the sea beyond. Beautifully appointed with oversized chairs and hanging lanterns among rustling trees, guests can also choose to dine under the stars on their own in a private sala seating up to 8 guests, aptly named ‘Lae Lay Under the Stars’.An infinity pool bar will offer soft loungers and silk pillows by day with lighter more relaxed culinary offerings, while the resort’s sunset lounge, will offer day beds, oversized pillows, chill-out lounge bar music and candle lanterns for a truly intimate and relaxing feel. The perfect place for a glass of champagne or a stylish martini as the sun sets over the seemingly endless horizon.RAW spa café prepares fresh, uncooked and unaltered vegan products and has a green hydroponic bar growing the resort’s own wheatgrass and lettuce.The ESPA villa at Phulay Bay is a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation with stepping stones meandering through the spa leading to decked walkways and relaxation terraces surrounded by vegetation and reflection ponds that perfectly capture the unique character of Phulay Bay. The Spa itself comprises three traditional Thai pavilions set over two levels offering 11 treatment rooms including single and couples massage rooms and two VIP treatment suites with their own expansive decks for massage and showering.The opening rates for Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve are as follows: Resort Pavilion THB19,550; Ocean Pavilion THB21,250; Beach Villa THB 27,200; Reserve Villa THB44,200 and Royal Beach Villa THB68,000. All rates are subject to 18.7% service charges and taxes.www.ritzcarlton.comlast_img read more

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LOS ANGELES — Nielsen Music says streaming numbers

first_img LOS ANGELES — Nielsen Music says streaming numbers for R. Kelly have nearly doubled after a recent documentary accused the R&B singer of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls.The Lifetime docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” detailed abuse allegations against R. Kelly in six episodes, but the singer’s streaming numbers grew significantly during and after the series.His music streamed 870,316 times on Jan. 2, the day before the series premiere, but Nielsen said Thursday Kelly’s music garnered nearly 1.73 million streams after the sixth episode aired Jan. 6.RELATED: Documentary puts new attention on R. Kelly sex allegationsKelly averaged more than 955,600 streams in the last week of 2018. He averaged more than 1.5 million streams from Jan. 3-6.The singer has for years faced allegations he sexually abused women, but the 52-year-old hasn’t been charged and he’s denied any wrongdoing. Related Stories Georgia man tells police R. Kelly’s manager threatened himThe Latest: Prosecutor says R. Kelly allegations ‘sickening’ by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2019 1:54 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 10, 2019 at 2:15 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email R. Kelly’s streams increase after docu-series alleges abusecenter_img In this June 30, 2013 file photo, R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Kelly, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, has been hounded for years by allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls _ accusations he and his attorneys have long denied. But an Illinois prosecutor’s plea for potential victims and witnesses to come forward has sparked hope among some advocates that the R&B star might face new charges. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File) Nielsen Music|R. Kelly|R. Kelly streaming|sexual misconductlast_img read more

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Rep Iden Announces Coffee Hours

first_img Categories: Iden News 27Apr Rep. Iden Announces Coffee Hours Friday, June 98:30 – 10:00 a.m.Rise N Dine, 121 S. Main St. Vicksburg, MI 49097 Monday, May 229:30 – 11:00 a.m.Rykse’s Restaurant, 5924 Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo, Friday, June 2310:00 – 11:30 a.m.Feed the World Café, 7000 Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo, MI 49009 State Rep. Brandt Iden announced his upcoming May and June coffee hour events in Kalamazoo County.“Connecting with my neighbors and answering their questions about our state government continues to be a top priority for me,” says Rep. Iden. “I invite all of my community residents to come speak with me about the issues most important to them.”The coffee hours take place at the following times and locations:Thursday, May 187:00 – 8:30 p.m.Biggby Coffee, 531 N. Grand Ave. in Schoolcraft, No appointment is necessary.  Those unable to attend are invited to contact his Lansing office at 517-373-1774 or via email at BrandtIden@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

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Rep Hauck votes to support veterans service clubs

first_img Categories: Hauck News,News Legislation upholds time-honored tradition 07Mar Rep. Hauck votes to support veterans, service clubscenter_img State Rep. Roger Hauck today voted for legislation enabling members of national veterans clubs and other service clubs to buy alcoholic drinks in any affiliated out-of-town club.Hauck, of Union Township, co-sponsored the legislation, which was prompted by a recent Liquor Control Commission ruling that brought an end to the custom.“This is a tradition that dates back to just after World War I, when veterans groups such as the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans were formed so those who served their nation could experience camaraderie with fellow veterans,” Hauck said. “To deny these men and women who sacrificed for their nation a chance to have a drink with their colleagues is just wrong. The same applies to fraternal organizations like the Elks and Moose and the community service they provide across the state.”The bill was necessary after the Liquor Control Commission interpreted a law by ruling only members of the local club could buy drinks at that location.The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The legislation is House Bill 5260.last_img read more

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Rep Wendzel on State of the State Firm plan on roads will

first_img13Feb Rep. Wendzel on State of the State: Firm plan on roads will drive Michigan’s success State Representative Pauline Wendzel said that Michiganders deserve a firm plan to fix our state’s roadways and to bring down the astronomical cost of car insurance rates.“For far too long, our highways, roads, and bridges have been neglected,” Wendzel said.  “Our roads lay the groundwork for a vibrant economy, and delaying the necessary work to bring our infrastructure up to par makes conditions worse and raises costs. After an entire campaign season full of rhetoric about ‘fixing the damn roads,’ it’s time for action.Rep. Wendzel also noted the need to overhaul our state’s car insurance system.“It’s unacceptable that the citizens of Michigan – the automotive capital of the world – pay twice as much for car insurance as our neighboring states.  For years, special interest groups have stood in the way of meaningful reform. It’s time to work together and solve this problem once and for all. I look forward to delivering a solution that reduces rates for all Michiganders.”Rep. Wenzel also spoke about our state’s historic comeback after the lost decade.“Michigan’s economy has made incredible progress over the last eight years.  More than 500,000 private sector jobs have been created under Gov. Snyder and the Republican-led legislature.  However, there is still more work that needs to be done to continue our comeback.  Now is not the time to change course because what we have been doing is working.”### Categories: Wendzel Newslast_img read more

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Rep Cole reminds constituents of Youth Conservation Council

first_img23May Rep. Cole reminds constituents of Youth Conservation Council Categories: Cole News State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona announced today the Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for the Michigan Natural Resources Commission’s Youth Conservation Council. Young people from ages 14 to 18 with a passion for protecting and improving Michigan’s vast natural areas and building leadership skills are encouraged to apply. Those chosen will engage in outdoor recreation opportunities, attend Natural Resources Commission meetings, organize local events, and work as a team to discuss solutions for various natural resource challenges.Applications can be found on the DNR website and are to be submitted by Friday, June 7. Applications are to be emailed to rustemr@michigan.gov or mailed to NRC Youth Conservation Council, ATTN: Raymond Rustem, P.O. Box 30038, Lansing, MI 48909.last_img read more

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Deadline Looms for ACA Exchange Participants to Verify Legal Residency

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares August 21, 2014; Texas TribuneThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent notices to “hundreds of thousands” of people who signed up for health insurance on the state and federal exchanges, saying that they need to verify their U.S. citizenship or legal residency to continue their insurance coverage. If their status cannot be verified by September 5th, their coverage will be suspended on September 30th. U.S. citizenship or legal residency is a requirement to receive benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislation passed in 2010.This Texas Tribune article doesn’t directly address the problems some may have in providing documents proving their eligibility to purchase insurance from the healthcare exchanges. It does, however, discuss problems the federal government and the exchanges are having in processing documents. One issue is that the ability to upload scanned documents to healthcare.gov is not assured—sometimes the upload feature is out of order. Another issue is the difficulty HHS is having in verifying permanent resident card numbers submitted with applications. This problem has resulted in applicants having to photocopy their cards and mail them in to be reviewed by hand. The article also cites the challenge faced when reviewing health insurance applications from families with “mixed citizenship status,” meaning that some members may be native-born or naturalized citizens, while others may be permanent residents.Florida and Texas are the states with the largest numbers of affected individuals (the article estimates 52,000 in Texas, with the number in Florida being higher). Communities with high percentages of immigrant populations and high utilization of the state and federal insurance exchanges are most likely to be at risk of people losing insurance coverage at the end of September. Healthcare providers and advocates have a little time left to assist those who have received notices to verify their continued eligibility for health insurance under the exchanges.—Michael Wyland ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Lead Poisoning Changing the Paradigm from Treatment to Prevention

first_imgShare9TweetShare3Email12 SharesMarch 21, 2016; NPR, “Shots”NPR offers an overview of Baltimore’s 66-year struggle to overcome childhood lead poisoning. Baltimore banned lead paint in 1950, nearly three decades before the rest of the country. Grassroots activism emerged early there, with a volunteer effort among parents that began in 1986 and became the national Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, which was instrumental in the passage of federal legislation between 1971 and 1989. According to NPR, “Baltimore has seen a dramatic decline in cases of lead poisoning, down 86 percent since 2002.” Even with this history, children continue to be poisoned by their homes and schools. The NPR story, in a “he said, she said” style, almost asks the key question: Why are children still being poisoned?Federal action on lead poisoning required local government to adopt a “treatment” approach that set the course for lead programming for the next forty years. Here’s the irony: The decision to “treat” rather than “prevent” has been a source of frustration for activists since the 1980s. NPR’s story quotes Ruth Ann Norton, a longtime lead activist in Baltimore, saying, “There’s only one cure for lead poisoning, for the irreversible, high-cost impact of lead poisoning, and that’s prevention.”The other contribution of federal “treatment” policy has been an intermittent and unreliable flow of funds to state and local agencies. Unlike the federal community development block grant, which flows in predictable amounts to eligible communities, lead grants are competitive. The fact is that federalized funding has let state and local jurisdictions off the hook. In Cleveland, for example, when 10,000 reports of poisoned children went uninvestigated for five years, the excuse was “our federal funding was cut.” The reality is that until local jurisdictions have skin in the game, there will be no effective prevention. Poisoned children will continue to be a revenue line item for state and city bureaucrats.And then there’s the problem of federal silos. When it comes to lead, the Environmental Protection Agency addresses water systems in cooperation with state environmental bureaucracies. Housing and Urban Development does remediation through public housing authorities, private owners of subsidized properties, state and local health departments, and city- and community-based nonprofits. The Centers for Disease Control sets lead treatment standards for medical practitioners. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services handles standards for program recipients and state offices.One hopeful sign is the California liability suit against the paint industry. A successful outcome will go a long way to answering the question, “Who bears the cost of remediation?” David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz share insights into years of fighting the lead industry over liability for lead poisoning in their new book, Lead Wars:Cases now underway, including in California, seek to hold lead paint and pigment manufacturers financially responsible for removing lead paint. In previous cases, notably one involving some 240,000 Rhode Island homes, juries have ruled against the manufacturers. But those verdicts were overturned on appeal.“So as of now,” explained Markowitz and Rosner via email, “no lead company has been held liable.”A national trust fund for lead remediation would be a nice steady stream of funding, analogous to the tobacco settlements, but hopefully better managed,Local efforts in Toledo and Rochester to require lead safe certifications before permitting rental could clean up the housing stock by remediation or demolition. Carefully crafted, local initiatives can provide insights into how creating lead safe housing will affect the affordability of rental homes.Absent a new federal commitment to a prevention strategy, what sector will be the new lead czar? Maybe the initiative for a new paradigm must come from health providers; with ACA focus on population health management and a mandate for prevention, it would make sense for the healthcare industry could spearhead a national effort. State and local public health agencies could coordinate programs through local housing, education, and community organizations to root out poisoned houses and demand remediation or demolition. If health organizations won’t step up voluntarily, maybe another ACA “nudge” would do it. Oh…and advocates could hold the system accountable and politicians reassure to public that lead poisoning is not personal, racial, or ideological.—Spencer WellsShare9TweetShare3Email12 Shareslast_img read more

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Satellite technology company NovelSat has complete

first_imgSatellite technology company NovelSat has completed testing of its NS3 proprietary satellite modulation technology with SES and UK-based Satellite Mediaport Services.According to NovelSat, the tests showed that by combining NS3’s ability to increase data rates over DVB-S2’s capabilities with the inherent low costs of an inclined orbit space segment, broadcasting data via satellite at fibre level broadcasting costs was now possible. The tests were conducted on the NSS-703 inclined orbit satellite, which showed a 61% data rate increase on a 72 MHz transponder, the NSS-5 satellite with limited power, which showed up to 49% higher data rate over the current satellite space segment utilisation, and the NSS-10 satellite, which saw similar results as the NSS-5 satellite when NS3 devices were enabled.Israel-based NovelSat has developed a new satellite modulation technology that it says can significantly improve satellite bandwidth over the existing DVB-S2 standard, by up to 78% or over 100% when combined with statistical multiplexing.last_img read more

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UK regulator Ofcom has upheld a decision by video

first_imgUK regulator Ofcom has upheld a decision by video-on-demand watchdog ATVOD that MTV’s online service Viva TV Music is subject to regulation as an on-demand programme service.MTV Networks Europe had appealed against ATVOD’s initial ruling. The decision means that MTV is required to ensure that the service complies with a range of statutory requirements and MTV submitted a formal notification for the service prior to today’s publication of the appeal decision.The decision turned on a number of issues, including whether the Viva TV Music section of the website constituted a service in its own right, and whether music videos are ‘TV-like’ programmes.ATVOD chief executive Pete Johnson said: “This is a complex area and the appeal system  is a vital part of  the process, giving service providers, in particular, greater clarity over the scope of the regulations.”last_img read more

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SubSaharan African pay TV service My TV has exten

first_imgSub-Saharan African pay TV service My TV has extended its relationship with Conax to supply content security. Nigeria-based My TV has extended its six-year relationship with Conax and has committed to deploying a Conax chipset pairing solution for its satellite platform. Chipset pairing creates an additional barrier to content theft ensuring defined content is only released to consumer devices supporting the chipset pairing key, according to Conax.The company says that the technology provides protection against control word distribution by offering a secured channel between smart card and chip.last_img read more

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Modern Times Group MTG has made several hires an

first_imgModern Times Group (MTG) has made several hires and promotions as other executives leave the company to join former boss Hans Holger Albrecht.
The free and pay TV broadcast group has hired a new head of Nordic pay TV and appointed a new boss of its African operation.
Martin Lewerth, executive vice-president of pay TV and technology, and Marc Zagar, executive vice-president of finance, are leaving the company to join Millicom, the telco run by Albrecht. They will leave at the end of this month and the end of January respectively.Laurence Miall-d’Aout, executive vice-president of business diversification, is also leaving the company.New faces at MTG include Anna Settman, who has been poached from Aftonbladet, Sweden’s largest newspaper, and she will be executive vice-president, Nordic pay TV from the start of March 2013. Until that point Jette Nygaard-Andersen will be acting CEO of Nordic pay TV and oversee that side of MTG’s business. 
Joseph Hundah has been promoted to executive vice-president of MTG’s African operations, which comprise the Viasat1 free-TV channel in Ghana, Modern Africa Productions, and the distribution of MTG’s Viasat documentary channels. He joined MTG in 2011 having previously been at South African pay TV operator M-Net and MultiChoice.One other change sees Bartek Gudowski promoted to chief technology officer of Viasat Broadcasting and chief financial officer Mathias Hermansson appointed to head up the group’s strategy and M&A activities.last_img read more

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Swissbased HDTV music channel and a videoondema

first_imgSwiss-based HDTV music channel and a video-on-demand platform iConcerts is opening a Japanese subsidiary and has signed a distribution deal with domestic cable TV operator J:Com. iConcerts Japan will be led by newly appointed CEO, Daihei Shiohama, a Japanese music industry veteran, and the channel has also started investing in original content featuring established and up-and-coming Asian stars.“We have been investing considerably in the Asian territories as this is an incredible growth market, with demand for music programming and our services going from strength to strength,” said iConcerts co-founder and editor-in-chief, Natalia Tsarkova. iConcerts already has an Asian headquarters in Singapore and regional offices in Seoul and Beijing and has a number of distribution deals in the region.last_img read more

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Modern Times Group MTG has completed the deregis

first_imgModern Times Group (MTG) has completed the deregistration of its Class B shares with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).MTG filed a certification under Form 15-F with the SEC on June 20 to terminate the registration of its Class B shares and its reporting obligations under Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act. MTG’s reporting obligations with the SEC were suspended with effect from the filing.MTG’s class A and B shares are registered in Sweden, and listed and traded on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm’s Large Cap index. MTG’s securities are not listed on any US stock exchange, and the deregistration with the SEC does not affect the registration or listing of the Group’s shares in Sweden or MTG shareholders’ rights.last_img read more

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Wahlburgers AE is to launch in 10 million homes a

first_imgWahlburgersA&E is to launch in 10 million homes across Europe and Africa this fall.The A+E Networks International-owned channel will go live in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa.It will replace the Bio channel, which is rebranding. In German-speaking Europe, this is scheduled for September, while Iberia and Africa will follow in early October.This comes after A&E launched in Europe for the first time in November last year, as DTVE sister title TBI revealed at the time.The channel carries nonfiction series such as Wahlburgers, Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars and Bad Ink, and scripted programming. The new A&E channels will have locally-commissioned productions and local acquisitions.“These A&E launches will significantly strengthen our channel portfolio across German-speaking Europe, Iberia and Africa,” said Dean Possenniskie, managing director, EMEA, A+E.A&E launched in the US in February 1984, and is known as A+E Networks’ flagship channel. It is currently available in 75 territories worldwide.last_img read more

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Imagine Communications will use IBC to highlight V

first_imgImagine Communications will use IBC to highlight Versio 3.0, the latest release of the company’s integrated channel playout solution.Providing all playout functions and features in software, Versio 3.0 is 100% software-based, supports premises-based COTS servers to cloud-based virtual machines, including a traditional integrated playout appliance model and supports baseband, IP-only, baseband and IP, and cloud (VersioCloud) deployment models. It also supports software-only graphics with 2x2D DVE, internal and external automation, integration with the Nexio Farad SAN solution, as well as third-party SANs and industry standard NAS offerings, and any-to-any transport, including compressed or uncompressed IP (2022-6) and SDI/baseband.The 3.0 release of Versio also marks the introduction of the Versio MCS, an optional touchscreen-based master control surface.  The Versio MCS feature brings new efficiencies to master control, enabling operators to manage Versio’s advanced switching, graphics and automation capabilities with a simple touch of a button in a single or multichannel environment. The new control surface also enables advanced levels of user interface customization. Media companies can now optimize their control surfaces for specific requirements and use cases, according to the company.Imagine has also unveiled the line-up for ImagineLIVE, a week-long series of presentations and interactive discussions. Guest contributors include Microsoft, Cisco, HP and IBM.Imagine will exhibit at IBC on stand 4.AMTlast_img read more

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Brazilian broadcaster and Rio Olympics rights hold

first_imgBrazilian broadcaster and Rio Olympics rights holder, Globo, has agreed to provide content to Snapchat as part of its coverage of the games.The deal marks the first time that Globo will offer exclusive sports coverage on social media and includes content from its free-to-air Globo channel and its multichannel sports brand SporTV.Snapchat will use small excerpts from Globo’s broadcasts in its coverage of the action and from in and around the Olympics venues, via its Live Stories product.The Live Stories will also be made up a curated collection of photo and video Snaps submitted by Snapchatters, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the event.“We are thrilled to establish this partnership with Snapchat,” said Globo’s director of digital media, Erick Brêtas.“The partnership reinforces the movement Globo has been making to get closer to its audience, wherever and however they feel. We will be side-by-side with Brazilian Snapchatters, recording live everything that is going on in the Olympic Games.”Snapchat director of partnerships, Ben Schwerin, said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Globo to allow our community to experience the biggest global sporting event like they never have before.”last_img read more

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