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first_imgTOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 6.5 million vehicles.Toyota said Wednesday it was recalling nearly 5 million more vehicles globally for the air bag inflator problem. Some 637,000 of the vehicles are in the United States. In Japan, it is recalling nearly 1.4 million vehicles.The recall affects 35 models globally, including the Corolla subcompact, RAV4 sport utility vehicle and Tundra pickup, produced from March 2003 through November 2007. ___Follow Yuri Kageyama: http://www.twitter.com/yurikageyamaCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. In the latest recall, front passenger and front driver-side air bag inflators can deploy abnormally, or rupture, and put a person in a crash at greater risk.This is different from an earlier problem with Takata air bag inflators that deployed with too much force, which has affected a range of automakers including Honda Motor Co., Chrysler, BMW and Ford Motor Co. At least six people have died worldwide due to that defect.When combined with the earlier recalls, Toyota’s Takata-related recalls have ballooned to 8.1 million vehicles.Tokyo-based Honda, which has recalled the most vehicles because of Takata air bag problems, said it was studying the new problem and hasn’t made a decision yet about expanding its recalls.Nissan recalled an additional 1.56 million vehicles globally for the new Takata problem, with 326,000 of them in North America, 563,000 in Europe and 288,000 in Japan.Nissan’s Takata-related recalls have now grown to about 4 million around the world.The latest affects the Sentra compact, Caravan van and X-Trail sport utility vehicle, made from 2004 through 2007, Nissan said. The automaker said it will test the inflators and replace them as needed.Toyota said it will replace the problem inflators on the driver side with inflators made by Daicel Corp., another Japanese supplier. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Toyota will continue to use Takata “since we have not at this point identified parts from a different supplier that are compatible,” the company said in a statement.Takata has not been able to keep up with demand for replacement inflators.NHTSA, the government authority in the U.S., which oversees recall, as well as Takata and the auto industry, have been trying to pinpoint what’s causing the inflator problems.“Toyota’s focus remains on the safety and security of our customers,” said Dino Triantafyllos, chief quality officer at Toyota Motor North America.Takata has been fined $14,000 per day by NHTSA since Feb. 20 for allegedly dumping documents on the agency without the legally required explanation of what’s in them. The fines have reached about $1 million.Takata has denied it is not cooperating fully with the investigation.Even before the latest recalls, 10 automakers recalled more than 17 million cars and trucks in the U.S. and 22 million worldwide because of the Takata air bag problem. There could be as many as 30 million vehicles with Takata air bags in the U.S. alone.The Takata air bag problems began surfacing about a decade ago. Takata uses a different kind of inflator propellant from rivals, ammonium nitrate, which can burn too fast if subjected to prolonged exposure to airborne moisture. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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first_img “We are extremely pleased to have secured the services of Mr Long to help drive the many strategic and policy issues in which AFTA is engaging and his policy and industry experience will be of great value to AFTA going forward,” AFTA chief executive Jayson Westbury said. “I am really pleased to be joining AFTA and work alongside Jayson for the good of the travel and tourism industry and of course the AFTA members and I am looking forward to drive forward the many important issues that the industry is facing over the coming months and years” said Mr Long. Mr Long’s exceptional knowledge of the tourism and government sectors further enforces AFTA’s ability to represent AFTA members domestically and internationally. The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has announced the appointment of Dean Long to the new position of national manager, strategy and policy, with the role commencing 19 May. Mr Long brings with him nearly ten years of experience from the government and private tourism sectors and will be working alongside the AFTA chief executive on range of domestic and international policy issues to ensure continued growth in the travel and tourism industry. Prior to joining AFTA, Mr Long was senior policy advisor to the former NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events the Hon. George Souris, where he was responsible for developing and advising Mr Souris on issues affecting the Tourism and Major Events portfolio. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The beginning of the beginning.I didn’t make that up, Wolf did. It’s not stealing if you acknowledge your own lack of creativity, but I love it for Daryl Washington.Every time I talk to Daryl Washington, I walk away thinking “that’s a good guy.”When you get suspended for using something on the substance abuse list, that means you’ve already tested positive once before and usually twice. Once is inexcusable, but to do it possibly two more times after the warning is the height of selfishness. ErrorOK… ErrorOK The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires If my hunch is true, this means the light has come on for Daryl Washington, the human being. We all have seen how brilliant the linebacker can play. It is the beginning of the beginning because the past will soon be over. The last step is punishment from the league. Washington could be fined, suspended or both. I think he gets two games. Then, his past transgressions against his child’s mother, his teammates and his community will be over.I believe this will be the last time we’re talking about the faces of Daryl Washington we don’t want to see. I think he’s been awakened. If I’m wrong, I hope the Cardinals believe in three strikes you’re out. When you shove a woman to the ground, my immediate reaction is to rank you below things I step in at a public park.These are the three faces of Daryl Washington to me.I said immediate reaction because his sentence clearly brings up a different side. First, let’s dismiss the “slap on the wrist because he’s a Cardinals linebacker.” You’d be surprised how light most sentences are for all Americans on their first offense (criminally) and Washington is no different.Second, the light sentence tells me there’s quite a bit of background information we’re not privy too. If the Washington incident was unconscionable to the judge, he or she is not accepting the plea agreement of one year of supervised probation. The prosecutor could easily enhance their career by dropping the hammer and yet chose this plea agreement. Usually, that means two things: this was the extent of what the evidence could prove or both sides are working to rectify the situation, making the prosecutor believe the lesson is already learned.This may sound odd but I root for justice. The catch is I fully understand I have no idea what justice is. If the entire incident happened the way Washington’s ex-girlfriend explained in the police report and she was a saint throughout, I think a light sentence is disgusting. If she is not credible and Washington’s involvement is much less than reported, I have so much sympathy for him and wish he would have pleaded to nothing. The truth is somewhere in the middle and, as we all know, only two people really know what happened that night. If I got my wish and the perfect amount of justice was served, the judge and prosecutor did not view this as heinous and we shouldn’t either.last_img read more

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first_imgBeerIcelandic for gold, Gull beer is exactly what it says on the tin. Made with some of the world’s purest water, filtered through volcanic rock, Gull features heavily on the rúntur. Beer is the drink of choice for most Icelanders since the collapse of the economy back in 2008. It’s available on draught in most places but if you’re self-catering, you can buy boxes of Gull (as well as other beers, spirits and wines) at Vínbúðin, state-owned monopolies which have strict opening hours. If vodka is more your tipple, Lebowskis Bar on Laugavegur specialises in a mean White Russian. A hat tip to the Coen Brothers’ cult film, it also does an incredible sirloin beef burger – great with a pint of Gull.Want more local tips on what to see and do in Iceland? Check these out:6 places to see the Aurora Borealis this yearWould you like to see the ‘Northern Lights’, or Aurora Borealis? Viewing these unearthly colours and sounds in the night sky above a snowy Arctic wilderness is on many a bucket list. But how, and where, can you see this phantasmargorical phenomenon?8 incredible photos of Iceland you won’t believe are realFrom black beaches to blue lagoons; Iceland is full of dramatic landscapes and picture-perfect panoramas, making it possibly one of the most beautiful countries in the world.Find flights to IcelandGet a hotel in ReykyavikSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map NightlifeIn winter, there’s roughly four hours of daylight. In the summertime, the sun barely dips below the horizon. Either way, it’s an excuse for Icelanders to affirm their reputation as party animals. One third of the 300,000-strong population lives in the Reykjavik area so that’s where you’ll find the pulse of the country’s nightlife. Most of the city’s bars and nightspots line Laugavegur, a long street near the waterfront. It used to be the road which would take the women of Reykjavik to hot springs to do their washing but nowadays, if you find yourself here on a Friday or Saturday night, you’re more likely to run into locals on the rúntur, or round tour, a mass bar crawl from midnight to 4am. Very nearly destroyed by a project to build a dam, Gulfoss is a roaring two-tiered waterfall plunging into a deep canyon further along the route. Whether partially frozen in winter or gushing in spring and summer, it’s a stunning sight in all seasons. Though it’s safer to view from the platform at the top, there is a path down to the water’s edge (blocked off in winter due to ice and still slippery in summer) for a more daredevil, spray-drenching experience. Related8 incredible pictures of Iceland that you won’t believe are realFrom black beaches to blue lagoons; Iceland is full of dramatic landscapes and picture-perfect panoramas, making it possibly one of the most beautiful countries in the world.Best places to see the Northern LightsBest places to see the Northern Lights6 best places to see the Northern LightsIt’s no surprise that glimpsing the Northern Lights tops most people’s bucket lists. The ethereal display of dancing colours is possibly the most-awe-inspiring sight in the world. But like any natural phenomena, the Aurora Borealis is as elusive as it is beautiful. So how can you maximise your chances of…center_img Further afield to the south-east, Landmannalaugar is a hot springs area connected by buses from Reykjavik in the summer. Set in a wild, glacial valley sculpted by Iceland’s second-most active volcano, Hekla, you’ll be able to wade through the stream until you find a warm spot to go for a soak.The Golden CircleWhether you opt for taking an organised tour or getting the testosterone flowing behind the wheel of a 4×4, the Golden Circle encapsulates the beauty of Iceland’s vast lunar landscapes in an afternoon’s drive. Around 90 minutes from Reykjavik lies Geysir, the original water spout that gave it’s name to all others. Geysir is not as active as it once was but often more reliable for some action is Strokkur nearby, which erupts every few minutes or so. Patience is a virtue, even in the biting cold, but you’ll often be well-rewarded for the wait. Hot springsThe most recognisable and enduring image of Iceland, the Blue Lagoon should be on the bucket list of anyone on a break in Europe’s most northerly capital. Said to cure any skin ailment, the lagoon on Reykjanes peninsula was created when heated seawater from a nearby geothermal power plant flowed into a lava field. Now a spa, there are various packages on offer combining entry and scrub masks, or opt just for the basic entry fee and relax in the 37-degree powder blue water with silica mud for your face and skin. There’s also a sauna and steam room to further help with your detox.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2019 11:53 pm PDT France to hold daylong tribute to Notre Dame firefighters PARIS — It’s a day of tribute to the Paris firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral from collapse and rescued its treasures from encroaching flames.French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting them for a special gathering on Thursday. Later, Paris City Hall will hold a ceremony in the firefighters’ honour, with a concert, two giant banners and readings from Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”More than 400 firefighters took part in the nine-hour battle to save the 12th-century Notre Dame on Monday.Among those being honoured Thursday is Paris fire brigade chaplain Jean-Marc Fournier, who helped salvage the crown of thorns believed to have been worn by Jesus.Investigators so far believe the fire was accidental, and are questioning both cathedral staff and workers who were carrying out renovations when the fire broke out.The Associated Press An image made available by Gigarama.ru on Wednesday April 17, 2019 shows an aerial shot of the fire damage to Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Tuesday April 16. Nearly $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after it was damaged in a massive fire on Monday. (Gigarama.ru via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img State Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, today highlighted record state funding across Oakland and Macomb counties and renewed an emphasis on preparing students for the workforce.“Every student should be able to explore all post-high school opportunities,” Howrylak said. “Given Michigan’s ever-increasing need for individuals with the necessary skill set and experience in skilled trades, it is essential we emphasize career preparation in our schools to ensure our students are fully equipped to fill these position openings.”Howrylak’s commitment to students has brought about a significant impact on our local school districts, and he will continue to work towards providing students with the best opportunities possible.Over the past two years in the Michigan House, Howrylak delivered an estimated $10.4 million funding increase for the Oakland and Macomb county school districts he represents. The state’s basic foundation allowance increase this coming school year alone amounts to an estimated $516,617 for Avondale School District, $959,178 for Birmingham City School District, $239,940 for Clawson Public Schools, $1,889,002 for Troy School District and nearly $1,654,211 for Warren Consolidated Schools. This funding increase includes an additional $120 per student this school year. Therefore, every school district in Michigan will receive at least $7,871 per student in the foundation’s allowance this academic year – the largest annual increase in 15 years.Increased state funding will provide schools with aid in other areas as well. In conjunction with the state’s commitment to the Marshall Plan for Talent, $100 million will be allocated to expand and improve skilled trade career opportunities for students. Following the passage of last year’s School Aid Budget, increased funding for students considered at-risk either financially or academically will be provided to early literacy and special education programs. Additionally, $25 million is to be set aside statewide for grants to improve building security and expand the highly successful OK2SAY school safety tip reporting system.“Our children are our state’s future, and their success is our success,” Howrylak said. “Because of the record funding we were able to approve, we are able to prepare a better foundation for our students, which will ultimately lead to a better tomorrow for all Michiganders.” 30Aug Rep. Howrylak: Students begin school backed by record funding, heightened emphasis on career prep Categories: Howrylak Newslast_img read more

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first_imgShare2TweetShareEmail2 SharesCC BY-SA 3.0, LinkMay 5, 2017; New York TimesThe relationship between the City of New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art precludes its charging a mandatory fee for admission. Instead, it asks each patron for a “recommended” contribution of $25. That’s because the city owns the building that houses the Met and gives the museum around $26 million each year in tax dollars.Lawsuits filed over the past few years have challenged the museum for not being clearer about the voluntary nature of that charge. The resulting settlement, confirmed last week, requires that the museum state clearly on its signs and websites that the amount visitors pay is up to them and to describe the $25 entry charge as “suggested” rather than “recommended.” As a result, the museum has filed a formal proposal with the city to establish a mandatory admission fee to out-of-state visitors. In-state visitors would continue to be charged a voluntary fee.Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the original suits take issue with this new wrinkle. Michael S. Hiller argued in court that the measure would violate a 1893 state law that requires that the museum’s collections “shall be kept open and accessible to the public free of all charge throughout the year.”“The court would be authorizing the museum to charge an admission fee,” Mr. Hiller said, adding that this would “violate that law.”It’s unclear that the measure would be a sure road to additional sustainable revenue, since some believe it might place the city’s $26 million in annual public support at some kind of risk. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the change would not necessarily mean less revenue from the city—but that “not necessarily” should be seen as an important qualifier.The recommended fee generated about $39 million in FY 2016, and museum officials believe there might be tens of millions more in that pot with this requested change, but the potential loss of a guaranteed amount may in the end weigh too heavily on the other side of the scale.—Ruth McCambridgeShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare27Tweet11ShareEmail38 SharesCredit: Ryan BasilioJune 27, 2018; New York Times“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”—Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking GlassThe American labor movement, as we have noted regularly in NPQ, faces hard times. Given the Supreme Court’s 5–4 conservative majority, few expected unions to prevail in the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees —and they did not.Indeed, the decision was widely anticipated by many publications, including NPQ.The decision’s predictability, however, does not mean the ruling is sensible. Nor will the consequences be trivial. Women, who are 57 percent of all state and local government employees, and Black workers, who are 30 percent more likely to be employed in the public sector than whites, will likely be the most heavily affected.According to Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion for the Court majority (Roberts, Thomas, Kennedy, and Gorsuch concurring), forcing workers covered by a union contract to pay fees to the union that negotiated that contract “violates the free speech rights of nonmembers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern.” As a result, payment of union dues in the public sector will be entirely voluntary, hurting union finances, diminishing unions’ ability to advocate on behalf of their members for better wages and working conditions, and, of course, for the nonprofit sector, reinforcing wage ghettoes by making it harder for workers to climb out of them.The case, notes Adam Liptak in the New York Times, was brought by Mark Janus, a child support specialist who works for the state government in Illinois. Janus felt “harmed” because he was forced to pay a union agency fee of $535 a year. As Alito notes, according to the Court’s 1977 Abood opinion, states could pass labor laws that allowed unions to negotiate contracts, according to which employees “who decline to join the union are not as­sessed full union dues but must instead pay what is gen­erally called an ‘agency fee,’” a percent­age of full union dues. Until now, 23 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia had public-sector agency fees. In Janus’s case, his agency fee was about 78 percent of full union dues. In essence, under Abood, nonmembers must cover bargaining and service expenses but not the costs of advocacy and lobbying.Like many Court decisions of the 1970s (remember Bakke, anyone?), the decision was a compromise. One could reasonably argue that advocacy is a core part of union work and that anyone who is covered by a union contract should have to pay for that, too.One question the Court failed to ask is what Janus got for his $535 a year. But Donnie Killen, a workplace colleague, did. Killen found that Janus received $17,000 in raises during his tenure. (If that counts as harm, we could use a little more of it.)Of course, Janus would have received some of that $17,000 without a union—but surely less of it. Indeed, a 2015 study from the Economic Policy Institute found that workers in public sector unions in states where agency fees are not collected earn nine percentage points less than workers in public sectors in states where agency fees are collected. In other words, a person earning $50,000 in a “right-to-work” state could be expected, on average, to earn $54,500 if only she worked in a state with union agency fees. Taking the $535 that Janus paid as being roughly typical, the $4,500 for $535 trade-off is, to put it mildly, not bad. As economist Jeffrey Keefe explains, “From a cost-benefit perspective, paying dues or agency fees is economically rational since benefits exceed costs.”And union gains don’t just benefit union workers. As this chart shows, over the past century, when union membership rises, income inequality falls; by contrast, when union membership falls, income inequality rises. Correlation is not causation, but what is beyond dispute—indeed, Alito’s opinion anticipates this—is that eliminating agency fees in the public sector is highly likely to reduce the number of union members.Of course, union gains do not happen magically. Chris Maisano in Jacobin notes that renewed labor militancy could offset the negative impact of the Janus decision on workers. It’s possible that the organizations that financed the Janus effort may find their victory to be Pyrrhic. After all, 2018’s education spring and the #RedforEd protests were marked by militant walkouts of teachers in the right-to-work states of Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Arizona.As for the Court, there are some interesting dicta in Alito’s opinion. For example, Alito writes that “compelling individuals to mouth support for views they find objectionable violates cardinal constitutional command,” but the Court has supported precisely that if unions are not involved. For example, in Garcetti v. Ceballos, five conservative justices found that “a deputy district attorney who faced retaliation for writing an internal memo detailing false claims in a search warrant did not have free-speech rights, because of his position as a government worker.” Another interesting comment is where Alito questions whether the government could compel payment for a service, apparently forgetting that the Court upheld an individual mandate for health insurance back in 2012. (But who remembers that case?)What takes the cake, though, is the obliteration of stare decisis, a legal term for “let it stand.” The idea is that the Court accepts precedent to avoid legal chaos. So, when can precedent be overturned? Alito writes, “An important factor…is the quality of its reasoning.” In other words, if five Justices disagree, stare decisis begone! Humpty Dumpty could not have done better.—Steve DubbShare27Tweet11ShareEmail38 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgSwisscom recorded a year-on-year 55.3% rise in subscribers to its Swisscom TV platform to end September with 556,000 subscribers, including about 17,000 enterprise customers.The company had a total of 1.635 million retail broadband customers in Switzerland at the end of the third quarter, up 5.3% year-on-year.The company said it had seen strong take up of its Vivo Casa triple-play offering, and had launched a quad-play service, Vivo Tutto, in August.Fixed-line losses over the year to September reached 124,000, or 3.8%, which Swisscom attributed to competition from cable.Residential revenue from Swiss operations amounted to CHF1.291 billion (€1.041 billion) for the quarter, down 3.3%.Swisscom’s Italian subsidiary Fastweb saw quarterly net revenues fall by 10.6% year-on-year to €420 million, with sales of products to residential customers falling sharply, partly as a result of the introduction of stricter credit checks.Litigation with a rival telecom provider was settled in September, resulting in 197,000 customers being transferred to the other provider. Fastweb ended the year to September with 1.56 million residential broadband customers, up 45,000 year-on-year excluding the transfer. Fastweb had signed up a total of 37,000 customers to its new bundled satellite TV and broadband offering with Sky Italia by the end of September, including 18,000 signed up in the third quarter.Swisscom posted revenues of CHF8.5 billion for the first nine months of the year, down 4.9%, and net income of CHF1.5 billion, up 8.4%.last_img read more

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first_imgFrench video-on-demand and DVD rental group Videofutur has struck a deal for on-demand content with Sony, giving its subscribers access to current movies including The Adventures of Tintin and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.The deal will also give Videofutur’s customer base access to about 200 catalogue titles including Spiderman, Men in Black and Taxi Driver.Separately, Videofutur has increased its capital base by €2.8 million through an issue of new shares.last_img

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first_imgTo accompany its launch of the Horizon set-top, Liberty Global-owned UPC Cablecom is launching new product bundles, including a combination of 150Mbps internet, free weekend phone calls and TV streaming via iPhone, iPad and computer.The operator is providing three bundled products: Horizon Start Combi, Horizon Plus Combi and Horizon Super Combi.Horizon Start Combi is an entry-level combination deal featuring UPC Cablecom’s Compact TV channel package, 35 Mbps internet and FreePhone Weekend. The Horizon Plus Combi offers the Classic TV channels package, 75 Mbps internet and FreePhone Swiss, while the Horizon Super Combi featuring the Comfort channel package, 150 Mbps internet and FreePhone Global.All combination deals are available either with the Horizon HD Recorder or DigiCard with a WLAN router. All digital products are also available as twin combination deals: television and internet with the Horizon HD Recorder and DigiCard or a combination of internet and fixed-line telephony with a WLAN router.The new Compact channel package comprises more than 70 channels, 23 of them in HD, including video-on-demand with more than 1,500 films, series and concerts as well as replay functionality including the free SRF video portal, MTV series and Nickelodeon.last_img read more

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first_imgNBCUniversal has recruited Jacqueline Moreton from FremantleMedia and she will join the studio’s International TV Production division in London as senior VP, business affairs.NBCU said Moreton will be “instrumental in implementing NBCU International TV Production’s strategy as it enters its next phase of growth”.At FremantleMedia she was head of legal and business affairs working on international deals for shows including The X Factor and The Apprentice.Prior to that Moreton was at CBS/Paramount International Television, working across international format deals and programme licensing deals with European broadcasters. Before CBS she was senior VP for US cable net Sundance Channel.Moreton will join NBCU this autumn and report to COO Sarah Cooper who joined from BBC Worldwide earlier this year.Cooper said: “I am very pleased that we have secured someone who has worked across such a wide range of great TV programmes and businesses. Jacqueline brings enormous experience, gained in both the UK and internationally, as well as a fantastic track-record to the role.”last_img read more

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first_imgBelgian telco Belgacom added 19,000 TV subscribers in the third quarter, increasing its total TV customer base to 1.447 million. The figure marks a year-on-year increase 8%, up from 1.340 million for Q3 2012. Some 249,000 of Belgacom’s TV households now also have multiple set-top boxes, the firm said.In terms of revenue, TV contributed €67 million in Q3, a “solid” year-on-year increase of 10.2%. This was attributed to continued subscriber growth.“TV ARPU showed a 3.1% growth year-over-year to €18.7, supported by a price increase for rented set-top boxes since February 2013,” said Belgacom in its earnings report.Overall in the quarter, Belgacom reported revenue of €1.568 billion, a decline of 3.2% year-over-year. Group EBITDA was €428 million, down 7.7% on the same period last year. Net income was €162 million compared to €189 million for Q3 2012.last_img read more

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first_imgRTL-owned French broadcaster M6 Group is set to update its apps to provide better second screen advertising synchronisation, according to Martin Boronski, chief technology officer of its digital arm M6 Web.Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London this week, Boronski said that in the coming days M6 would roll out an update that means when viewers watch a simulcast of its TV feed on a different device, the video ad pre-rolls will be “the same brand that is inside the ad on the broadcast side.”“We are merging the broadcast analytics and the ad server technologies and analytics on our side in order to propose a unique experience and a unique flow for the brands,” said Boronski.M6 launched its catchup service in 2006 and shortly after formed partnerships with the French ISPs. It aims to make its content available on all screens with M6 available to watch on mobiles and tablets, as well as devices like the Microsoft Xbox games console.“If you take a helicopter view, all our content and all of the services that we are bringing to the end user are available around all the screens that we are managing today,” said Boronski.Though he said that the majority of viewing is still done from a TV set, linked to a set-top box, he said mobile and tablet viewing was starting to catch up with the PC – currently the second most popular way to watch M6 content.“We believe that in the next couple of months, there will be more users on tablets or on smartphones than on the browser,” said Boronski.last_img read more

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first_imgViacom is launching BET as a direct-to-consumer streaming service in 100 countries.BET Play is the streaming version of the black culture channel and the SVOD roll out marks Viacom’s first direct-to-consumer move with one of its non-kids channels.Last September Viacom launched Play Plex – a suite of mobile apps offering content from channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV – but these were available through the channel’s regular distribution partners, not direct to consumers.With the new BET Play service fans can directly download an iOS or Android app that will give them a raft of content from the channel, including the 2016 BET Awards.“BET Play offers fans an opportunity to watch English-language BET content on their iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as AirPlay-enabled television sets, without the need for a broader pay TV subscription,” Viacom said.Viacom did roll it local versions of BET in France  and South Africa last year but unlike the media giant’s big international channel brands, MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon, it has limited distribution as a linear net outside the US.The consumer launch comes as channel groups find it challenging to roll out linear offerings as pay TV platforms increasingly focus on ‘skinny bundles’.“The launch of BET Play significantly expands the brand’s geographic availability by making it available direct to consumer in many markets where it has not previously had an established presence on TV,” said Michael D Armstrong, executive VP and general manager, international brand development, Viacom International Media Networks.The likes of Disney, Discovery, NBCUniversal  and Turner  have also made direct-to-consumer moves in the past year.last_img read more

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first_imgNBC’s comedy SVOD platform, Seeso, has commissioned a coming-of-age comedy set in the 1970s when The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson moved from New York to Los Angeles.There’s… Johnny! comes from writer Paul Reiser (Mad About You) and David Steven Simon (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), with David Gordon Green (Red Oaks) directing.The series will follow a wide-eyed, 19-year-old Nebraskan, who stumbles his way into a job on The Tonight Show, and a young talent coordinator determined to prove herself. The series will explore the social and political upheaval of the era, touching on the Vietnam War, President Nixon and the growing counter-culture of the era.Presenter Carson hosted The Tonight Show for 30 years on NBC, effectively establishing the model for the modern last-night talk show.Thanks to participation from the Carson Estate, There’s… Johnny! will have unprecedented access to archives of the entertainer, and will include real footage along with the live-action.The series is being coproduced by Seeso, Nuance Productions, Comedy Dynamics and Rough House, in association with the Carson Estate.Reiser, Green, Simon, Brian Volk-Weiss, Michael Pelmont, Cisco Henson, and Matt Ochacher are executive producers, along with NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises executive VP Evan Shapiro, Kelsey Balance and Dan Kerstetter.Carson’s nephew, Jeff Sotzing, who runs the Carson Estate following his uncle’s passing in 2005, is also an exec-producer. Craig Knizek is producer.“Growing up, the coolest thing imaginable was to someday get on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and make Johnny laugh,” said Reiser. “The fact that I got to do that was a dream come true, and going back now to explore that world, and pay homage to Johnny and that golden time is an absolute joy.”The series debuts next year, around the same time as another comedy-drama set in the 1970s, LA entertainment scene-set I’m Dying Up here dbuts on US premium cable service sShowtime.Seeso launched earlier this as a thematic comedy SVOD service and as part of NBCU’s push into OTT distribution.last_img read more

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first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia and Media Group Ukraine have jointly secured rights to Champions League and Europa League football in the country for the next three seasons.The deal is a first for Volia in the premium sports rights market. The company described it as a milestone in the market for premium content in Ukraine.The agreement, giving Volia and Media Group Ukraine’s Football 1 and Football 2 channels – the only Ukrainian premium sports channels – the rights to all Champions League and Europa League matches, will bring the two tournaments to a potential audience of 15 million households across the country.György Zsembery, CEO of Volia, said that the joint win was “a strategically important step” for Volia that would contribute to the development of the pay TV market in Ukraine.Guy Laurent Epstein, UEFA’s marketing director, said that the agreement “confirms the strong relationship between UEFA and Media Group Ukraine” as well as marking “a significant step” for Volia “as it begins to buy football content”.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet “I am absolutely delighted to be able to confirm the dates of the Foyle Maritime Festival, which is probably our most popular visitor experience,” he declared.“We anticipate another highly successful event with tens of thousands of people coming along to enjoy our beautiful riverside, with activities and events for all the family.“It’s very exciting to welcome the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race once again and their return is testament to the success of their stopover visits in previous years.“I look forward to what will be a momentous month in the calendar for the city and region, which will also see the city’s staging of the Foyle Cup, as well as the hosting of the Irish Open at Ballyliffin. The North West will be the place to be next summer.” Clipper Race Chairman and Founder, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, said: “We are very pleased to continue our long-term relationship with the city of Derry-Londonderry. Over the past six years the city has welcomed our international crew, supporters and partners with open arms and it is an exceptional place to visit and do business with.“The spirit of Derry-Londonderry and its people is contagious, which has consistently positioned itself as one of the most popular destinations the race has partnered with in its 20 year history. We look forward to working with Derry City and Strabane District Council and its stakeholders to create another unforgettable event.”Head of Culture with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Aeidin McCarter, said that preparations have been underway for a number of months in finalising the details of the Festival.“Our officers have been working behind the scenes really since the last Maritime Festival to plan for next year’s event, and to ensure it is just as exceptional as our previous years. We were overwhelmed by the feedback from the last Foyle Maritime Festival, and we’re now aiming to build on that success and draw even more visitors to the city next year.“Council officers are working hard to ensure that the 2018 programme is even more diverse and entertaining, and are engaging with our local businesses to make sure the benefits are felt widely throughout the city and beyond.”Chief Executive of Foyle Port, Brian McGrath said: “We are delighted to be supporting this major event for the city and region once again next year. The Foyle Maritime Festival provides the opportunity to showcase the beautiful River Foyle and its surrounds to a global audience, and the outstanding offering we have locally in terms of sailing and maritime activity.“I look forward to seeing the programme as it develops and to what will be another exciting international event for the city.”Sharon McMahon, CEO Loughs Agency, said she was delighted that the Foyle Maritime Festival and Clipper Race fleet were once again coming back to the Foyle.“The Agency has a remit to develop and promote marine tourism on the Foyle and, to this end, has been successful in the delivery of the Foyle Port Marina as one element of an Interreg programme.“It is a tribute to the success of the programme that this facility has been the enabler for several maritime festivals in Derry and this will undoubtedly continue well into the future.”And she welcomed the opportunity for the Agency to be able to continue to support the festival, saying that such a prestige event on the river will showcase the potential for further development of marine tourism.Work is also now commencing in the engagement of local businesses, beginning on September 19th. Council’s Business Opportunities manager Louise Breslin, confirmed that a series of workshop events will be taking place over the coming months to ensure local companies can fully avail of the opportunity to participate in the Foyle Maritime Festival.“The Festival always has a positive impact on the local economy and presents a great opportunity for local companies – especially tourism related businesses – to tap into new audiences,” she explained.“It’s a chance to showcase the many fantastic products and services available locally and to really promote the city and build our profile as an exciting and unique visitor destination.”The Foyle Maritime Festival will run for over a week throughout July, from the 14th – 22nd, with over 100,000 people expected to throng the city’s riverside based on figures from previous years.This will be the fourth time the city has acted as a host port for the Clipper Race fleet and the Foyle Maritime Festival 2018 will once again offer the opportunity to profile the city as an international tourist destination, promoting our maritime history and exclusive tourism offering.To find out more about the event or to find information on how your business can engage with the programme go to www.foylemaritimefestival.com or follow Foyle Maritime Festival on Facebook.JULY DATES CONFIRMED FOR FOYLE MARITIME FESTIVAL 2018 was last modified: August 9th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: NEXT July the quayside will be transformed by maritime magic as Derry once again hosts the Foyle Maritime Festival and welcomes the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet back to the Foyle.The date for next year’s internationally acclaimed festival event has now been confirmed as Saturday July 14th to Sunday July 22nd 2018 – heralding a full week of music, markets, entertainment, and river based activities – not to mention the thrill of the race competition as the Clipper Race fleet returns to the city.The distinctive Clipper Race yachts will berth in Foyle Port Marina during the race stopover from New York before sailing to Race Finish in Liverpool.The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, hopped on board the beautiful Maybe sailing ship which was in the city over the weekend to make the announcement – and said it would be all hands on deck over the coming months to ensure another fantastic festival experience for the City and District. 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first_img Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Crab Orchard Elementary To Host “Rockin’ It Old School” Party By Terell BaileyMay 07, 2018, 19:55 pm 994 0 Facebook Linkedin Terell Bailey Bio Coming Soon Next PostBikers Travel Over 500 Miles To Honor Local Fallen Heroes Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Home NewsWatch Local News Crab Orchard Elementary To Host “Rockin’ It Old School” Party Twittercenter_img Tumblr Mail Google+ Previous PostLocal Hometown Heroes To Receive Free Chick Fil A Sandwiches BECKLEY,WV (WOAY) – Crab Orchard Elementary school will be hosting a “Rocking It Old School Party” later this week.After over 70 years of service, Crab Orchard Elementary school is planning a final celebration in recognition of the school’s closing for one final time at the end of this school year.The party will have food trucks, games and even prize baskets! The event is open to any and everyone in the community.Though the move to a new school has been in talks for awhile, some teachers aren’t quite ready for the change.3rd Grade Teacher Amanda Parks said, “I mean it’s going to be bittersweet I’m ready to go to a new building, a new facility, but I’m at Crab Orchard kid my parents went to school here I went to school here my kids are going to school here so I love the school and this community so it’s going to be a sad day.”The event will take place at the school on May 12, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.Guest are asked to park across the street as there will be a bus shuttle going to and from the school. Pinterestlast_img read more

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first_img Next PostStudent opioid abuse awareness contest deadline nears Yazmin Rodriguez Yazmin Rodriguez is currently the morning and noon anchor for WOAY. She was born in Newark, New Jersey then later headed down to the Jersey shore where she received her bachelor’s degree in television and radio from Monmouth University. CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedNewsWatch Man Arrested On Multiple Charges After Being Caught Shoplifting By Yazmin RodriguezApr 01, 2019, 10:43 am 596 0 Facebook Google+ Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Man Arrested On Multiple Charges After Being Caught Shoplifting Previous PostMan Arrested For Possession After Traffic Stop Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Mail RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY)- A Tennessee man has been arrested on multiple charges after shoplifting at Walmart.On March 29, 2019, Deputy Howell responded to the Walmart in MacArthur for a shoplifting complaint. Upon arrival, Deputy Howell began to pat down the defendant, Robert Szostek, and located something in his pants that he feared was a firearm. After the deputy removed the item and attempted to detain Szostek, he began to flee on foot. Deputy Howell deployed his taser striking the defendant in the body but it not effect him. The suspect then fled in his truck and started to travel through Crab Orchard.Szostek was traveling at a high rate of speed, driving into oncoming traffic and running off the roadway. Lt. J.L. Redden was in the area and attempted to head him off. Szostek then bailed out of his truck and began to flee on foot. The truck was not placed in park and continued going striking Lt. J.L. Redden’s cruiser. Lt. J.L Redden caught up to Szostek, at which time he turned and took an aggressive stance causing the officer to deploy his taser. After that had no effect, he deployed his baton which stopped the defendant, having him go to the ground.After the defendant was taken into custody, it was observed that the item Szostek was carrying was a black case with a clear baggie containing three grams of methamphetamine. Several needles were also located in the defendant’s truck. The defendant admitted that he was under the influence of methamphetamine during this time.Szostek is currently in Southern Regional Jail under a $75,000. Tumblrlast_img read more

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