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  • Luxury traveller personalities revealed Europe remains popular

    first_imgParis, France topped the list for luxury romantic getaways and fine dining reservations. European destinations remain the most popular amongst affluent travellers, while cruise holidays continue to climb the ranks, according to network survey results.International luxury travel agency network, Virtuoso, has revealed findings from its annual ‘Travel Dreams’ survey, identifying unique travel personalities through respondents selections.There’s the classic traveller (26 percent of respondents) who re-visits destinations; the connoisseur (24 percent of respondents) who indulges in culture, arts and culinary delights; the trendsetter who’s all about what’s new and next; the go-getter who’s active and adventurous; and the relaxationist who prefers to rest, rejuvenate and restore while on vacation.Italy topped the list of dream destinations, while Paris was number one for dining and romance.Photographing the ‘big five’ while on safari in Africa ranks as the ‘trip of a lifetime.’Although European river cruising and Mediterranean sailing trips were the most popular forms of cruising, expedition trips to Antarctic and Alaska made the top five for luxury travellers.See below for complete survey results.Top Trips of a Lifetime1.      Photographing the “big five” on African safari2.      Renting a European villa3.      Galápagos Islands expedition4.      Antarctic cruise5.      World cruise6.      Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage7.      Staying in Europe’s top hotel suites8.      Renting a private island in the Caribbean9.      Chartering a private jet          10.  Paris with a personal shopperTop 10 Dream Destinations1.      Italy2.      Antarctica3.      France4.      England5.      Myanmar (Burma)6.      United States7.      Argentina8.      South Africa9.      Turkey10.  CubaFantasy Islands1.      Galápagos Islands      2.      Greek Islands 3.      Maldives4.      The Caribbean5.      HawaiiWhere to Make Dinner Reservations1.      Paris2.      New York City3.      Rome4.      Florence5.      BarcelonaCities That Excite   1.      New York2.      Paris3.      London4.      Rome5.      Istanbul    Best Trips For Two1.      Paris in April2.      New York for shopping, dining and shows3.      Mediterranean cruise4.      Roman holiday5.      Caribbean resort stayWhere to Set Sail          1.      European river/ canal2.      The Mediterranean3.      Alaska4.      Antarctica5.      The Caribbean    Favourite Family Holidays1.      African safari2.      Ski and snowboard adventure3.      Galápagos Islands4.      Ireland’s castles and countryside5.      Alaskan cruiseSource = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

  • Bougainvillea House Villa in the Exuma islands of

    first_imgBougainvillea House Villa, in the Exuma islands of the Bahamas, announced the offer of an “all inclusive” package for its beachfront Villa clients. Owner Scott McMullen, said: “Our clients don’t want to waste time shopping for liquor, food, and transportation; so we made a business decision to eliminate everything that might possibly add stress to a Caribbean vacation. Our guests can step off of their private jet at Exuma airport and be on the beach at Bougainvillea House within 15 minutes.” The secluded, beachfront property lies 10 minutes from the Four Seasons Resort and is accessible from New York in less than 2 hours.www.bougainvilleahouse.comlast_img read more

  • by Pablo Gorondi The Associated Press Posted

    first_img by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2019 1:55 pm PDT Review: Leyla McCalla puts down cello for ‘Capitalist Blues’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Leyla McCalla, “The Capitalist Blues” (PIAS/Jazz Village)Look, Ma, no cello!After a pair of albums on which New York-born Leyla McCalla accompanied herself on her trademark instrument, “The Capitalist Blues” finds her on the tenor banjo and electric guitar, deepening her musical ties to New Orleans, her adopted hometown, while further referencing her Haitian heritage.McCalla spices up her takes on relationships, everyday struggles and even the Syrian civil war with an alluring mix of styles, from R&B and boogie to zydeco and beyond.Recorded at Preservation Hall, a stalwart of the city’s traditional jazz scene, the title track shows off the New Orleans side of things, not for the only time, with a strolling tempo, a rumbling tuba and worries that giving it all leaves you with little left to lose.“Money Is King,” from Trinidad legend Neville Marcano aka “The Growling Tiger,” also deals with material inequality, which is also the focus of “Mize Pa Dous” (“Poverty Isn’t Sweet”), written and sung by McCalla in Haitian Creole. Its lap steel guitar and tanbou, a drum and Haiti’s national instrument, combine for a gentle blues echoing Cesaria Evora.Producer Jimmy Horn’s fierce electric guitar invokes the suffering portrayed on “Aleppo,” where the tragedy in Syria serves to introduce other scenarios of oppression and violence. In contrast, the dance-worthy “Oh My Love” expresses the joys of a relationship despite the imperfections.“Heavy as Lead” — with some fabulous organ by Joe Ashlar — is about “always living on the edge … always reaching to get ahead,” while also referencing her daughter’s bout with elevated lead levels.McCalla sings wonderfully, is a talented songwriter and on “The Capitalist Blues” she addresses some of the world’s ills with a graceful touch that never becomes dour.Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Not a laughing matter pubs selling laughing gas in Ayia Napa

    first_imgBy Liam CarterAlthough illegal, the sale of laughing gas in popular tourist destinations is so blatant that many bars and nightclubs are actually advertising and selling the drug themselves.A simple stroll through the centre of Ayia Napa highlights the prevalence of laughing gas or ‘hippy crack’.Many nightclubs and bars have decided to hire ‘balloon girls’. Sporting a haversack, their job is to sell the drug to the many patrons who flock the popular nightlife destination. Outside the clubs, it’s everywhere from blackboards traditionally used to advertise a happy hour or a cheeky quote revolving around alcohol to dedicated ‘balloon kiosks’.According to the latest Global Drug Survey, laughing gas was the seventh most popular drug in the 50 countries surveyed. Half of the UK respondents said they had tried the drug at some point in their lives. The drug is a colourless, sweet tasting gas that is medically used as an anaesthetic, tranquilliser and painkiller. It is relatively cheap and produces a short-lasting high. Usually it is dispensed from canisters to small whippets into balloons, which the user then inhales from.According to Cypriot laws the user caught doing the drug cannot be arrested but police regularly arrest people who are caught selling the drug. Just a few weeks ago, two women were fined by the Famagusta court in Larnaca for selling laughing gas. The 23-year-old and a 22-year-old were fined 1,200 euros and 900 euros respectively.Many nightclubs and bars hire ‘balloon girls’ to sell laughing gasAyia Napa mayor, Yiannis Karousos, told the Sunday Mail that the issue of laughing gas was wide spread all over Cyprus, from Paphos to Protaras and not just in Ayia Napa, but that the municipality was eager to stamp out the practice.“Ayia Napa however is the only area where the police actually carry out operations to stop this,” he said. “The police in Ayia Napa are doing a very good job.”He added that the municipality would put pressure on parliament to toughen the laws regarding the sale of the drug.Ayia Napa police department spokesman, Andreas Constantinou, underlined the present legal difficulties police officers face when building a court case.“This summer, we focused on cracking down on such use and in fact we have brought 66 cases before the court,” he said. “We prosecute offenders who are caught selling the substance on the streets, however we can’t arrest or fine an establishment owner for advertising the substance. We can only prosecute when we are confident someone is selling the substance.”According to UK government data, in 2017 eight people in the UK died from the use of laughing gas. In 2015 four people died.You May LikeAscend NutritionalsDoctor: Stiff Joints? Try ThisAscend NutritionalsUndoCheap Flights | Sponsored LinksFlight Price From India to USA Might Surprise YouCheap Flights | Sponsored LinksUndoNerve RenewIf You’re Fighting Neuropathy With B12. Here’s Why It’s Not Working.Nerve RenewUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoNew equipment for Paphos lifeguards but ‘proper’ towers neededUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

  • Rep Bumstead invites West Michigan residents to local office hours

    first_img Categories: News State Rep. Jon Bumstead invites residents of the 100th House District to join him during office hours this January.Office hours will be held at the following dates, times and locations:Friday, Jan. 227 to 8 a.m. at Daniel’s Restaurant, located at 55 E. South St. in Hesperia;9 to 10 a.m. at the Pink Elephant, located at 207 South State St. in Hart; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Brown Bear Café, located at 147 N. Michigan Ave. in Shelby.Monday, Jan. 257:30 to 9 a.m. at the Grant Depot Restaurant, located at 22 W. Main St. in Grant;10 to 11 a.m. at the River Stop Café, located at 52 State Road in Newaygo; andNoon to 1 p.m. at Sally’s Restaurant, located at 103 N. Charles St. in White Cloud.“As always, I look forward to meeting with everyone in our community,” said Rep. Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “If you aren’t available this January, I encourage you to call my office or visit during office hours next month.”No appointment is necessary. Residents who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Bumstead’s office by phone toll free at 877-999-0995, or by email at 06Jan Rep. Bumstead invites West Michigan residents to local office hourslast_img read more

  • Meet with Rep Sheppard during April coffee hours

    first_img Categories: Sheppard News 04Apr Meet with Rep. Sheppard during April ‘coffee hours’ State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, invites residents to join him this month at local establishments throughout the 56th District. The purpose of these “coffee hours” is to encourage contact between local residents and state government in Lansing.“I always enjoy meeting with residents in our district and hearing their input,” Rep. Sheppard said. “If you’re available, please stop by and share your concerns and ideas about state and local issues.”The times and locations are as follows:7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, at Tim Horton’s Restaurant, 3309 W. Sterns Road in Lambertville.7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 15, at Old 23 Grill, 3168 Lewis Ave. in Ida.7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 18, at Gander’s Family Restaurant, 4219 Luna Pier Road in Luna Pier.7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 22, at Dena’s Family Restaurant, 15391 S. Dixie Highway in Monroe.For those unable to attend, Rep. Sheppard’s legislative office can be reached at any time by phone at (517) 373-2617, by email at and online at read more

  • Rep Johnson announces December office hours

    first_img State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours:Monday, December 18, 2017Allegan CountyColonial Kitchen1825 142nd Ave. in Dorr8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Kent CountyBob Evans6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp.10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 04Dec Rep. Johnson announces December office hours Categories: Steven Johnson Newscenter_img “Open and honest communication with residents is instrumental in holding state government accountable,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “I invite all residents to attend a local office hour gathering to share their concerns and ideas.” No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to call Rep. Johnson’s office at 517-373-0840, email or visit his website at read more

  • Nonprofits Is Competition Killing Your Creativity

    first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 13, 2013; Fast Company, “Co.Create”NPQ likes to keep an eye on the for-profit management magazines to glean interesting and applicable thoughts and practices, like this 2013 article from Douglas Van Praet in Fast Company entitled, “We’re Marketers, not Soldiers: How Combative Competition is Killing Creativity.”So first, maybe we can acknowledge that competition does indeed exist within the nonprofit sector. That having been said, let’s move on.The author suggests that ruthless competing is very old school and beside the point. He suggests that it is indicative of dated and stultified thinking and that the real point of business today is to attach and unleash the imaginations of “creators and customers.”After this, I want to keep it simple and just pass along seven steps for moving from—as he puts it—“hurting everyone” else in your space to a partnership of imagination with those with whom you work.Here are the steps:Interrupt the PatternCreate ComfortLead the ImaginationShift the FeelingSatisfy the Critical MindChange the AssociationsTake ActionFinally, he quotes poet Robert Frost, who once said, “The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.”Let’s start this week differently.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

  • DOJ Unveils Massive Assistance Plan for ExConvicts during Inaugural National Reentry Week

    first_imgShare147Tweet2Share3Email152 SharesApril 25, 2016; ABC NewsAs part of President Barack Obama’s broader plan to enact criminal reform efforts before the end of his term, on Monday, April 25th, the Department of Justice rolled out a new policy plan to guide federal ex-felons’ reintegration into society. The announcement was initially previewed in a video released this weekend by President Obama in anticipation of the first “National Reentry Week,” which began on Sunday and was designated by the DOJ.Throughout this week, DOJ officials, advocates and community leaders held and will hold events around the country to raise awareness among communities and prisoners of the support that is available and what more can be done. The announcement comes just days after Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe gave more than 200,000 convicted felons in Virginia the right to vote in an executive order, coinciding with many of the policies outlined in this new plan.“Supporting successful reentry is an essential part of the Justice Department’s mission to promote public safety—because by helping individuals return to productive, law-abiding lives, we can reduce crime across the country and make our neighborhoods better places to live,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the new policies.During a visit on Monday to Philadelphia, Lynch formally announced The Roadmap to Reentry, a policy plan meant to improve how federal prisons handle the release of prisoners. The plan is composed of five principles (see below) that will guide efforts to reintegrate former federal prisoners. Importantly, the principles, as provided below, supply support both after and during incarceration in the hope of a smooth transition back into society. This support includes improving housing options once prisoners leave and helping prisoners forge better relationships with their families while they’re still incarcerated. While the principles are not necessarily new, they would provide an improvement on current policies, and they may influence state policies as well.The Department of Justice takes the view that “reentry begins on Day One.” And, just as important, our involvement does not end at the prison gates. As such, these corrections principles span the cycle of custody and beyond: from intake, to incarceration, through to release. Principle I: Upon incarceration, every inmate should be provided an individualized reentry plan tailored to his or her risk of recidivism and programmatic needs.Principle II: While incarcerated, each inmate should be provided education, employment training, life skills, substance abuse, mental health, and other programs that target their criminogenic needs and maximize their likelihood of success upon release.Principle III: While incarcerated, each inmate should be provided the resources and opportunity to build and maintain family relationships, strengthening the support system available to them upon release.Principle IV:During transition back to the community, halfway houses and supervised release programs should ensure individualized continuity of care for returning citizens.Principle V:Before leaving custody, every person should be provided comprehensive reentry-related information and access to resources necessary to succeed in the community.The plan thoroughly outlines each principle, providing research and additional information for how the principle will be put into effect. For example, under Principle III, which advocates providing resources to build familial relationships, the plan says the DOJ will launch a pilot program with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for children of incarcerated parents at four Bureau of Prison facilities. This same week, the Casey Foundation released a report illustrating how detrimental a parent’s incarceration is for a child and a family. The report recommends getting families into the very programs that the plan suggests to ensure the prisoners’ families are receiving the emotional and financial support they need. The Roadmap to Reentry also ensures the prisoner is receiving support, as well.Moreover, along with Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, Lynch announced $1.75 million in funding to 18 public housing groups around the country to further aid both groups and the exiting prisoners, as seen in Principle IV. The grants vary in amounts, ranging from $25,000 to $1.3 million, which went to the public housing group in L.A. The Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, which provides legal services pro bono to low income residents in Philadelphia, said it would match $25,000 of that funding.Other parts of the plan appear to still be in progress or do not include the necessary detail to determine whether they can be effective. For example, under Principle V, the plan makes an extraordinary request of each state governor “to accept BOP identification as a predicate for obtaining state-issued identification upon release.” Lynch reportedly sent a letter to each state governor urging him or her to adopt the policy. While allowing former prisoners to have state-issued IDs for finding housing or work would undoubtedly be a major step in the criminal reform movement, there would likely be significant pushback from some governors. Moreover, it’s still uncertain how other areas of the plan will be financed in general. The plan also only impacts federal prisoners, but as mentioned, it may help inform state policies for prisons.In a video released over the weekend, Obama expanded on the initiatives and also noted that his administration is currently working to release a report on the economic costs of high rates of incarceration as well as collaborating with businesses to ensure former prisoners are able to find employment. Several states have already adopted the “Ban the Box” initiative, which mandates certain employers cannot ask a prospective employee about their criminal record, to help stymie discrimination based on prior convictions. As NPQ has reported previously, the policies do vary state-by-state or city-by-city in some cases, but 23 states and over 100 cities so far have adopted some version of the policy.However, Obama noted significant work remains to be done, including addressing “the pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails” and investing in alternatives to prison, such as drug courts and mental health treatments facilities. Earlier this year, Obama announced efforts to address the opioid epidemic, such as making it easier for doctors to disburse anti-addiction drugs to users and expanding mental health coverage. He ends the video challenging Congress to send through a bipartisan criminal reform bill that can help address several remaining issues as outlined in the video.For criminal reform advocates, the last year of Obama’s presidency is mostly a dream come true. However, as details of the DOJ’s plan are forthcoming, it may be prudent to be cautiously optimistic of the possible impact the reform policy plan might have. If nothing else, depending on its exposure, the Roadmap and National Reentry Week may help raise awareness of the importance of reentry, particularly among prison populations who may not be aware of what awaits them after they leave.“But even more important is the message that such a program would send to returning citizens: That they are welcome back into society; that their government is invested in their success; and that they can now—quite literally—exchange their old identity as a federal inmate for a fresh start,” said Lynch in Philadelphia, where details of the Roadmap to Reentry were released.—Shafaq HasanShare147Tweet2Share3Email152 Shareslast_img read more

  • French broadcaster TF1 is set to reenter the pay

    first_imgFrench broadcaster TF1 is set to re-enter the pay TV world five years after the merger of TPS with Canal Plus.The commercial broadcaster is launching a pre-paid offering on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform. TF1 has teamed up with electronics retailer Boulanger to launch the pre-paid card, which will give access to news channel LCI and sports channels Eurosport and CFoot under the brand name Lib’Télé. Potential subscribers can visit one of 120 Boulanger shops to buy a DTT set-top priced at €39.90, with the pre-paid offering available at €19.90 for three months. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the offering, which has been in preparation in secret for about a year and is launched today, will aim to attract several hundred thousand subscribers between now and the end of next year.TF1 advertising and distribution chief Laurent Solly said that DTT offered the only distribution mechanism with universal coverage and low barriers to entry, and added that it was important to trial a new way of commercialising pay TV on the platform.TF1’s move is seen in part as a riposte to Canal Plus, which has announced its entry into free TV with the acquisition of Bolloré’s Direct 8 and Direct Star channels. Canal Plus’s own pay offering on the digital-terrestrial platform has about half a million subscribers.last_img read more

  • Estonian cable operator Starman is rolling out a V

    first_imgEstonian cable operator Starman is rolling out a VOD platform based on the SeaChange Adrenalin back office.The offering, scheduled to launch this year, will include VOD, catch-up and nDVR services.Separately, Starman is also rolling out SeaChange’s eventIS CASIS system to update its DVB Service Information operation.last_img

  • Some 128 million of Frances 215 million DSL lin

    first_imgSome 12.8 million of France’s 21.5 million DSL lines installed were coupled with a TV service at the end of June, representing penetration of 60%, according to the latest survey by telecom regulator ARCEP.France had 23.3 million broadband lines installed as of the end of June, of which 760,000 were very high-speed subscriptions, according to ARCEP. Of those, some 247,000 were FTTH lines.The number of very high-speed lines grew 200,000 over the year, while the overall number of broadband lines grew by 1.3 million. DSL represents 95% of the installed base.Revenue from fixed lines fell by 2.3% to €3.9 billion. However revenue from broadband has continued to grow by between 6-8% for the last four quarters and by the end of June represented 65% of the overall fixed-line pie, up 5% as a share on last year’s figure.last_img read more

  • ITVs production arm helped the UK commercial broa

    first_imgITV’s production arm helped the UK commercial broadcaster increase revenues during the third quarter ending September 30. Despite a growing online audience, the broadcaster reported ailing ad revenues as summer events including the Olympics and Queen’s Jubilee impacted its performance.ITV saw its content unit ITV Studios bring in £498 million (€622 million) of revenue during the quarter, an increase of 20% year-on-year. However, with ad revenues down 6%, overall revenues increased by just 4% to £1.573 billion.The broadcaster was particularly impacted by the BBC’s coverage of the Olympic games during the summer, with revenues down 10% in July and 9% in August. September revenues were down just 1% year-on-year.“This has been an extraordinary year for UK television with many unique events including the Queen’s Jubilee, The London Olympics and the Paralympics,” said ITV CEO Adam Crozier. “In fact nine out of the top 10 programmes aired will not return next year and as we expected this has affected our viewing performance.  However, we do not expect our viewing performance in 2012 to impact our advertising share in 2013 and we are focused on growing our share of viewing next year.”ITV’s digital audience continues to grow, with a total of 321 million requests for long form video across all online and on-demand platforms between January and September, compared with 262 million requests for the corresponding period in 2011.last_img read more

  • Worldwide consumer digital media use is due to gro

    first_imgWorldwide consumer digital media use is due to grow 11.8% in 2013, driven by demand for OTT, online and mobile video, as well as social media and games, according to new stats. US research firm PQ Media estimates that consumer digital media usage – under three categories of the web, mobile and other digital media – will grow this year to an average of six hours per week.Global consumer internet media usage is trending up 10.7% in 2013 to a weekly average of 2.8 hours worldwide, accounting for 46.7% of all time spent with digital media, PQ Media said.Mobile media consumption is pacing for 17.9% growth to an average of 1.3 hours, a 21.7% share of digital media usage. Meanwhile ‘other digital media’, including OTT video and console videogames, is on track for a 9.4% increase to 1.8 hours this year, according to the research.“While global digital media usage continues to rise at double-digit rates, traditional media consumption is pacing for decelerated 1.3% growth in 2013, due to live TV trending flat,” said PQ Media.Global digital media revenues passed TV revenues for the first time in 2010 and by year-end 2012 exceeded TV by US$33 billion. PQ Media said it now expects digital media revenues to grow at “double-digit rates through 2017.”For the period 2012-17, PQ Media said it forecasts global consumer digital media usage to grow at a 10.7% compound annual growth rate, reaching 8.9 hours per week in 2017. Digital media is projected to account for 18.1% of all media consumption worldwide in 2017, a three-fold share increase since 2007.“While traditional media still accounts for the lion’s share of media consumption, the amount of time post-Boomer generations spend on digital media is increasing at double-digit rates, hastening the shift of advertising and marketing dollars,” said PQ Media CEO Patrick Quinn.last_img read more

  • 21st Century Fox has agreed a multiyear year deal

    first_img21st Century Fox has agreed a multiyear year deal for international rights to games from the Bundesliga German football league.The global deal spans select European territories, North America, Latin America and most of Asia (excluding India) and  comes as Fox and its international channels division, FIC, aggressively ramp up their sports-related activities.In Europe the deal gives Fox Bundesliga rights in Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands and covers the seasons starting in 2015 and 2016.Elsewhere the deal runs for five years, starting in 2015.“The Bundesliga has, on and off the pitch, developed into a leading global football league,” said James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox deputy COO.In Germany 21st Century Fox-owned pay TV platform Sky Deutschland has Bundesliga rights.last_img read more

  • Video technology provider SeaChange International

    first_imgVideo technology provider SeaChange International and multiplatform TV search and recommendations engine, ThinkAnalytics, are integrating their services as part of a global reseller agreement. Under the deal, the firms will integrate SeaChange’s Adrenalin multi-screen video platform with ThinkAnalytics’ search and recommendations engine, offering a joint solution that covers content delivery and discovery.“Multi-screen television content is going deeper and incorporating OTT, so rapid presentation of the right content amid limitless choices is more vital than ever for subscriber satisfaction. SeaChange and ThinkAnalytics are already showing successful collaboration in deployments with large cable providers in the US and Europe and we’re in pursuit of new opportunities together,” said George Kajos, general manager, platform business, SeaChange.last_img read more

  • Some 13 million Britons are set to watch the World

    first_imgSome 13 million Britons are set to watch the World Cup online this year, according to a new study by Peer1 Hosting. The firm, a wholly-owned subsidiary of web infrastructure firm Cogeco Cable, predicted that 93% of the 13 million will place bets, shop or chat online about the World Cup.“The increase in people watching, communicating, sharing and consuming online during this year’s World Cup means businesses need to be prepared more than ever,” said Roland Breadner, head of retail, Peer 1 Hosting, which surveyed 2,000 UK consumers for the study.last_img read more

  • Disney and Endemol veteran Tom Toumazis has joined

    first_imgDisney and Endemol veteran Tom Toumazis has joined Yahoo, taking the role of head of partnerships, EMEA, at the web giant.He will report to Dawn Airey, the former RTL and Channel 5 exec who is currently senior VP, Yahoo EMEA.Toumazis will oversee partnerships for Yahoo, working with companies in the content, publishing and wider media space.She said: “Tom brings to Yahoo exceptional senior commercial and leadership skills combined with a wealth of experience, spanning 30 years, from across media, entertainment and publishing industries.”She added: “Tom is incredibly well placed to drive, deliver and develop key partnerships across the EMEA region and further strengthen our long term partnerships as we continue to deliver on our mobile first approach.”An ad sales veteran working for Eurosport, EMAP and ITV, Toumazis was executive VP, managing director of Disney’s distribution arm before joining Endemol as chief commercial officer. He then joined publishing group MECOM as CEO and has recently been working with TV tech firm TV Beat as chairman.Having joined Disney in 2001, Toumazis moved to Endemol in 2008 before exiting in 2011. He then joined Mecom, leaving in July 2012.Toumazis said: “I am delighted to be joining Yahoo at such an exciting time for the company and working with Dawn, her leadership team as well as the Global Partnerships team. Building greater long term partnerships is an important part of the Yahoo business in the region and I am relishing the opportunity to lead this part of the business.”last_img read more

  • Power Starzs international subscription ondemand

    first_imgPowerStarz’s international subscription on-demand platform will makes its worldwide debut in the Middle East and North Africa.Starz Play Arabia launches on April 2 in 17 territories throughout the region, offering consumers premium content from the US cable channel on-demand.Starz developed its local offer with Parsifal Entertainment Group, with Maaz Sheikh, who was chief sales and operations officer at a leading pay TV network in MENA, drafted in to run the business as president and COO.“Starz Play Arabia has a unique opportunity to fill a market need and offer the growing internet-savvy population of the region the best in TV and movie content, at an affordable price point, and with high-value convenience and control,” he said.This marks the first time Starz Play has launched outside the US, and also places it in competition with icflix, which is the only dedicated SVOD service in MENA. Netflix is expected to reach the region within the next 18 months.In all, Starz Play Arabia will be available in Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman,Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.Programmes on offer include Starz Originals Black Sails, Power, Survivor’s Remorse, The White Queen and Magic City, plus movies, library content and shows from Hollywood studios, indies and international pay TV platforms.“Taking the Starz brand to these markets with the latest video distribution technology represents an innovative opportunity to grow the Starz business,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht.“Starz Play Arabia has a strong content foundation in place anchored by the growing worldwide portfolio of Starz Original series programming and leveraged with a smart mix of other premier licensed product through our relationships within the industry.”The launch, which has been in the works for some months, will add value to US-listed Starz, which was spun out of John Malone’s Liberty Media in 2012 and has long been considered a take-over target over larger media groups such as 21st Century Fox, Time Warner and The Walt Disney Company.last_img read more

  • Ofcom claims that 30 ultra HD channels plus a gro

    first_imgOfcom claims that 30 ultra HD channels, plus a growing number of HD channels, could “readily be accommodated” within existing spectrum allocations for direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV in the UK.In its Space Spectrum Strategy consultation report, the UK broadcast regulator said the channels could be broadcast from existing orbital locations thanks to anticipated use of more efficient technologies like DVB-S2 and the introduction of HEVC.“For contribution and distribution of broadcast content, there are more options for expanding capacity than DTH. This is because the earth stations used by broadcasters can operate to a range of orbital locations, in contrast to consumer DTH antenna which are fixed to a single orbital location,” said Ofcom.“Building on our analysis that DTH has sufficient capacity and can accommodate the move to UHD at a single orbital location, we believe that contribution and distribution of UHD content will also be possible within existing spectrum allocations, given the additional options for capacity open to them.”According to Ofcom, two factors will help meet demand for extra capacity – improvements in technology, and the end of simulcasting SD and HD feeds as the latter assumes dominance.However, the broadcast regulator did caution that some industry stakeholders, including major content providers, have said they believe that “demand for HDTV programming is now approaching maturity and that the demand for UHD 4K will be limited to specific types of content, such as sport.”Ofcom said that although the rate of growth in demand for Ultra HD services remains unclear, it is “likely to contribute to growth in demand for satellite capacity for direct-to-home satellite TV.”The proposed strategy covers the use of spectrum by the satellite and space science sectors – including broadcast TV, global positioning, communications to ships and aircraft, satellite imagery and climate information.“There is potential for greater benefits in the future and we want to make sure we are focusing our efforts on the issues that will unlock the biggest benefits,” said Ofcom.The closing date for responses to the consultation, which builds on Ofcom’s overall Spectrum Management Strategy, is May 10.last_img read more