The acquisition is expected to fast-track Virgin’ presence in the growing regional markets. Image: AviationWA Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Virgin Australia has received Singaporean approval on its proposed acquisition of Skywest.Last month, the carrier revealed plans to fully-acquire Skywest and merge the airline into the Virgin Australia brand.Receiving approval from the Securities Industry Council of Singapore for the proposal last week, the airline said it has since moved into an implementation agreement to launch the takeover and mergers scheme. Virgin expects the acquisition to fast-track the carrier’s presence in the growing regional markets and increase competition. The purchase is still subject to Australia Competition and Consumer Commission, High Court of the Republic of Singapore and the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board’s approval.Virgin Australia is also still awaiting regulatory approval on a proposed acquisition of a 60 percent stake in Tiger Airways.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 61 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald. Pro Bowler. Future Hall of Famer. Face of the Arizona Cardinals franchise. Decoy? Monday night against the San Diego Chargers, Fitzgerald was targeted just four times by quarterback Carson Palmer, good for fourth-most on the team. The first attempt to him came with 12:43 left in the fourth quarter on a pass that was too far out of bounds but that he caught with one hand. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Palmer misfired again looking for Fitzgerald on the team’s next drive, with 6:50 left, but on the third try there was success, with Fitz making a diving catch on a nice pass for 22 yards. It was as important a reception as any, as it helped keep a game-winning drive alive.And if the Cardinals hadn’t escaped with an 18-17 win like they did, chances are Fitzgerald’s quiet night would be an even bigger story than it is.“They had definitely keyed on Larry; everybody we play knows where Larry is,” Palmer said. “It was kind of one of those games where he doesn’t get a bunch of touches but has one of the biggest plays of the game.”Palmer praised the job Fitzgerald did on his lone reception, fending off cornerback Brandon Flowers without drawing a pass interference penalty to make the diving grab.
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Carson Palmer said “it looked like an obvious holding penalty” as John Brown tried to run route on the pick-six.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) November 20, 2016 The Arizona Cardinals fell Sunday in a flag-heavy, mistake-riddled game for both themselves and the Minnesota Vikings.Three plays stood out to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, but one of those perhaps shouldn’t be included on the list of ways Arizona shot itself in the foot during the 30-24 loss.Down 13-10, Arizona used a 49-yard kickoff return by Brittan Golden and then drove 39 yards to find itself with 3rd-and-goal at the Vikings’ 9. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer dropped back and slung a ball to the left pylon, where receiver John Brown was attempting to break outside. Top Stories Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But that pick-six by Rhodes that killed Arizona’s chance to respond was an especially painful play.“I just felt like we outplayed these guys,” Arizona tight end Jermaine Gresham said after the game in which he scored a late first-half touchdown to pull his team within three points. “I think the turnover battle is huge, especially when we have a swing like that … that’s a 14-point swing.” – / 22 He couldn’t.With two Vikings on that side of the field, it was safety Xavier Rhodes who instead caught Palmer’s pass, taking it 100 yards for a touchdown and a momentum swing of possibly 14 points.Was it a mistake by Palmer, who perhaps didn’t see Rhodes sitting behind his cornerback teammate? Not quite.A poor route run by Brown? Not that either.Arians believed it was a hold on the Vikings.“Well, John was trying to break out and Carson was throwing him out,” Arians told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Paul Calvisi. “He was being held.” The other two plays that stuck with Arians were of a more obvious variety.The Vikings’ 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half burned after the Cardinals’ spirited halftime meeting, Arians told Calvisi. A few Cardinals ended up on the wrong side of blocks, he added.Additionally, a flee-flicker play out of Minnesota’s Wildcat formation that saw Sam Bradford’s pass to Adam Thielen draw an interference penalty on Tony Jefferson hurt, too. It set up the Vikings’ just outside the end zone, leading to their second touchdown of the game for a 13-10 lead in the second quarter.
Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said the Cypriot economy will expand 4 per cent this year, up from a previous forecast of 3.5 per cent, and will continue growing an average 3 per cent over the next three-year period.The finance minister, who was addressing lawmakers in his annual budget speech, said that the government, whose term expires in February, aims at reducing unemployment to a single digit and ultimately achieve full employment by 2020, from 10.2 per cent in October.The budget, which provides for €7.5bn in spending and €7.7bn in revenue, is the fifth submitted by Georgiades who took the helm in April 2013, days after the island agreed to the terms of its bailout which provided for a bail-in of depositors.He has since overseen Cyprus’s fiscal consolidation and economic recovery, which led to an earlier than expected return to financial markets after having been shut out in 2011.The performance of the economy and public finances have proven wrong, scaremongers who had predicted a complete financial meltdown four years ago, he said.“The banking sector has turned the page,” he said, partly on a stronger supervisory framework with four Cypriot lenders being jointly supervised by the Central Bank of Cyprus and the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Single Supervisory Mechanism.The capital adequacy of Cypriot lenders, the minister added, rose from below 5 per cent in 2012 to over 15 per cent.The Cypriot economy expanded by 3 per cent last year and 2 per cent in 2015, when it exited a prolonged recession caused by a fiscal and banking crisis.This, in turn, helped generate fiscal surpluses in recent years allowing the government to repay debt earlier, starting with partial repayments to the International Monetary Fund and the Central Bank of Cyprus of €280m in July, and €614.9m in November respectively.This “virtuous circle” allowed public debt to fall below the 100 per cent mark compared to economic output and trigger credit rating upgrades, the minister said.Borrowing costs were reduced to all-time lows, he added.Next year, the repayment of the €2.5bn Russian loan will begin, negotiated by the previous administration as part of efforts to avoid a bailout, he said.Therefore, there is no longer a need for the government to sell state-owned telecom Cyta “to generate revenue,” Georgiades told the plenum.On Friday, the yield of the government bond maturing in November 2025, stood at 1.53 per cent.Moody’s Investors Service rates Cyprus Ba3, Fitch Ratings BB and Standard & Poor’s BB+, all in in the non-investment grade area.Still, Cyta, which is losing market share at an alarming rate to private competitors, does need a strategic investor even with a minority stake, the minister said.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
29Jun Governor signs Rep. Lauwers’ bills to expedite tax refunds for farmers Categories: Lauwers News Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed into law legislation sponsored by Rep. Dan Lauwers to eliminate delays in the processing of tax credit payments for farmers who participate in Michigan’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program.The program, often referred to as Public Act 116, offers a partial property tax refund to people who commit to using their land for agricultural production for a number of years.“This is a beneficial program that protects our farmland and helps sustain Michigan’s food and agriculture industry,” said Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “However, in recent years PA 116 applications and renewals have not been processed in a timely manner, which has hindered the Department of Treasury’s ability to process income tax refunds for farmers with PA 116 agreements. Some farmers have reported waiting more than a year for their tax refunds.”House Bill 5189, now Public Act 265 of 2016, streamlines the process for registering a PA 116 agreement with the state. HB 5191, now PA 267, holds the Department of Treasury accountable by applying a 3-percent annual interest rate on refunds not issued within 45 days.“This is a simple fix that will help farmers by eliminating red tape,” Rep. Lauwers said. “PA 116 applications will be processed more efficiently, which will ultimately lead to faster tax returns for farmers and greater participation in the program.”#####
Categories: Lilly News,Lilly Photos,News,Photos 18Jan Rep. Lilly hosts Ottawa County United Way president for State speech State Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township, welcomed Patrick Moran, president at the Greater Ottawa County United Way, as his guest for the State of the State address in the state Capitol Tuesday.Rep. Lilly recently took his oath of office to represent western Ottawa County at the state House of Representatives.“I’m honored today that Patrick was able to join me as my guest in Lansing,” said Rep. Lilly. “Our governor is known for encouraging collaboration and I cannot think of a local organization that better embodies that effort in our community than the Ottawa County United Way. I’m very encouraged by their commitment to regional partnerships as evidenced by their recent announcement of a shared service agreement with the Allegan County United Way.”Rep. Lilly and his wife Sarah have been involved in various volunteer capacities with the Ottawa County United Way for numerous years. He has served as both a member and a chair on a number of the organization’s community investment panels and as a Lighthouse Leadership co-chair for the organization’s annual fundraising campaign.His wife Sarah, a local Realtor, is currently serving a term as the president of the Ottawa County United Way’s board of directors. Rep. Lilly said he “feels blessed to welcome someone like President Moran, who has dedicated over 10 years to this beloved organization.“I hope to hear Governor Snyder address the economic progress Michigan has made in recent years, but also highlight the areas where we still need to invest to maintain that growth within our state,” said Rep. Lilly.“It was wonderful to have Patrick Moran in the Capitol to hear the governor’s message as we all work together for Ottawa County,” said Rep. Daniela García, R-Holland.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township, and State Rep. Daniela García, R-Holland, welcomed Patrick Moran (left), president of the Greater Ottawa County United Way, for the State of the State speech at the Capitol on Tuesday.
08Feb Rep. Iden: Help create Michigan jobs by improving business climate Michigan can continue its economic comeback with a renewed push to reduce the regulatory burden on business, Rep. Brandt Iden said today.Iden, after his first meeting as chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, said the panel will have a sharp focus on continued job growth during the 2017-18 session of the Michigan Legislature.“As we look forward to the next two years, my priorities will be to make sure we’re cutting regulations and red tape for businesses,” said Iden, of Oshtemo. “Michigan continues to grow. We’re the ‘Comeback State.’ And it’s incredibly important that we continually strive to ensure business growth.“We need to create more and better jobs, and the way to do that is to ease regulatory burdens on our businesses. So every time a piece of legislation comes before this committee, that’s what we’ll be looking at: Will this help business, will this help people, and will this help Michigan?” Categories: Iden News,News ###
07Sep Rep. Victory joined by first responder for Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: News,Victory News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Roger Victory, of Hudsonville, hosted guest Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Schaller for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.
07Nov Bill seeks to increase statute of limitations for armed robbery A bill introduced by state Rep. Diana Farrington calls for increasing the statute of limitations from six to 10 years for someone to be charged for armed robbery.“Only anybody who has been the victim of an armed robbery knows the incredible threat they face, not knowing if they’ll just lose their wallet or their life as well,” said Farrington, of Utica. “This bill adds armed robbery to the list of crimes such as kidnapping, extortion, attempted murder, manslaughter and home invasion, which allows victims up to 10 years to file charges.”Farrington testified today before the House Law and Justice Committee, with Derek Miller of the Macomb County Prosecutors’ Office and Clinton Township Police Department Capt. Richard Maierle also speaking in support of her legislation.“Armed robbery is a serious offense. It places a victim in more danger than other non-violent crimes, and yet, current law imposes the same limitations when filing a case,” Farrington said. “The statute of limitations should reflect the real threat of injury or death associated with this offense. We need to give our law enforcement agencies more tools to bring these criminals to justice.”House Bill 5010 remains under consideration of the House committee. Categories: Diana Farrington News,News
State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend her local office hours in two communities on Monday, Feb. 26.Rep. Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. Then, if residents have individual concerns, she will take one on one meetings.Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations:Campbell Township Hall, 331 South Main St., Clarksville, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; andThe Barry County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Chambers, 220 W. State St., Hastings, from 1 to 2 p.m.“It is my goal to hold office hours at additional locations this year,” said Calley. “I look forward to my time in Clarksville and anticipate a great dialogue with the people I serve.”No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Rep. Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or call her at 517-373-0842. Categories: Calley News 12Feb Rep. Calley invites residents to local office hours
13Dec Rep. Hughes: Plan eliminates bureaucracy for veterans receiving property tax exemptions Categories: Hughes News,News The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan from Rep. Holly Hughes streamlining the property tax exemption process for disabled veterans.Hughes’ legislation will allow disabled veterans to apply for property tax exemptions with their local communities just once — rather than annually as now required by state law.“Let’s get bureaucracy out of the way for our veterans and try to make their lives a little easier,” said Hughes, of Montague. “It doesn’t make sense to force veterans to fill out the same paperwork year after year when their situation does not change.”House Bill 6024 makes other several changes streamlining and clarifying the property tax exemption process for qualified disabled veterans. The improvements will provide veterans, surviving spouses and local governments with clear, easier-to-follow rules.The legislation advances to the Senate for consideration.###
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares November 12, 2014; The OklahomanAmong those picked by President Obama to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, including such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Meryl Streep, and Tom Brokaw, is one whose presence is worth noting here in the NPQ Newswire: Suzan Harjo.Part Cheyenne and part Muscogee, Harjo is the former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the former White House liaison to Congress for Indian issues under President Jimmy Carter. She currently serves as president of the Morning Star Institute, a small Indian rights organization based in Washington, D.C.For NPQ, one special dimension of the importance of Harjo on the list to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor is her role in objecting to the racially disparaging name of the Washington NFL team owned by Daniel Snyder. She was a leader in the lawsuit filed in 1992 to get Snyder’s team to change its name. Her name was on the lawsuit that went through the Court of Appeals but was ultimately rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2006, resulting in the continuation of the team’s very troubling name.Although Snyder has dismissed his critics as somehow misguided, failing to appreciate the honor and respect he thinks the team’s name shows to Native Americans, Harjo’s case was not only supported by the National Congress of American Indians, but the legal team for the case included the highly respected Native American Rights Fund (NARF). In 2013, a new group filed suit along the same lines as in Harjo et al. v Pro Football Inc., and so far, Blackhorse et al. v Pro Football Inc. has succeeded in getting the trademark protection for the Washington NFL team’s racial slur removed, though Snyder is appealing. “Blackhorse,” it should be noted, is Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo who was recruited by Harjo for the new case.Do recall what defeated Harjo in her case. It wasn’t the merit of whether the name of the team was a racial slur. It was the legal concept of “laches,” or whether the plaintiffs waited too long in bringing the case. Given the array of plaintiffs in Blackhorse, Snyder and the NFL may not be able to use the laches defense this time around, which will make the appeals deal with the substance of the case—that is, the plaintiffs’ ability to demonstrate that the team’s name really is disparaging to Native Americans—rather than a legal technicality. One might wonder if the Native American beneficiaries of grants and assistance from Snyder’s ersatz Original Americans Foundation will be called on to offer testimony that the name of the team is somehow really an honor.Sadly, the movement against the team name has taken off in recent months and years not because of the dogged activism of Harjo and others, but because prominent non-Indians are finally rallying to the cause. Nationally, it was probably the essay from broadcaster Bob Costas that moved the needle the most. During the halftime of a game between the Washington team and the Dallas Cowboys, Costas said that the Washington team’s name “can’t possibly honor a heritage or noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. It’s an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present day intent.”In an interview on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, in which Costas faced off against former Washington tight end Chris Cooley, who denounced the campaign against the name as “PC correctness,” Costas explained further:“Distinctions need to be made…And to me, here’s the key, all other concerns and arguments aside—[the Washington NFL franchise team name] is a dictionary-defined slur and insult. Not by one dictionary, but by every one I’ve consulted, and I’ve consulted several. ‘Term of disparagement,’ ‘pejorative,’ ‘insulting,’ ‘offensive,’ ‘a slur.’ None—none—of those terms is ever applied in any dictionary to nicknames otherwise associated with Native Americans, like Braves, Chiefs or Warriors. As I said at the time, objections to those nicknames, unless those objections had to do with rituals or symbols that were blatantly insulting, objections to those nicknames is actually political correctness run amok.”Truth be told, Costas might not have made that statement last year had it not been for the activism of Harjo and her allies. It is sad that this nation waits for non-minorities to validate and legitimize the concerns of African-Americans, Latinos, and in this instance, Native Americans before giving them their due.A story from Harjo herself makes the case much more compellingly and personally. She and her husband moved to Washington, D.C. in 1974 and, as football fans (she was from football-crazy Oklahoma, where she helped convince the University of Oklahoma get rid of its “Little Red” mascot), they got tickets to an NFL game. As Harjo told Business Insider:“We’re football fans and we can separate the team name from the game, so we went to a game. And we didn’t stay for the game at all, because people started—someone said something, ‘Are you this or that?’ So, we started to answer, then people started like pulling our hair…and they would call us that name and it was very weird for us. So, we just left and never went to another game. […] That just solidified it for me because it wasn’t just name-calling, it was what the name had promoted. That’s the example of what objectification is. You strip the person of humanity and they’re just an object and you can do anything. You can pull their hair! I wouldn’t even touch someone else!”Congratulations, Suzan Harjo. For a lifetime of amazing work, you truly deserve the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Let’s hope that the nonprofits and foundations of this nation learn from your presence on this list and publicly join you, Amanda Blackhorse, and others in rejecting the racial slur under which the Washington team’s players take the field every week during the NFL season.—Rick Cohen[Full disclosure: During this author’s employment at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Harjo’s successor at the NCAI, JoAnn Chase, and the executive director of NARF, John Echohawk, were on the NCRP board of directors at one time or another.]Also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, albeit posthumously, were three civil rights workers—James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner—who were killed during “Freedom Summer” in 1964 by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Read more about them here. ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Russian broadcast infrastructure provider RTRS has started test broadcasting digital-terrestrial TV services in the Irkutsk region in Siberia.According to RTRS, digital broadcasting currently covers 43.8% of the population of the region, with full transition to digital planned for 2013.
Spanish pay TV provider Ono is offering its customers access to online multiplayer games service PlayStation Plus for €3.99 per-month.The price represents a saving of 40%, with customers billed for PlayStation Plus direct on their Ono bill.PlayStation Plus lets gamers access a collection of free games, get discounts in the PlayStation Store, while PS4 gamers are also able to play against friends online.
Vodafone Spain and Orange have struck a deal with Catalan broadcaster Mediapro that secures for them the rights to provide coverage of La Liga football and the Copa del Rey for the next three seasons.Vodafone and Mediapro have struck a deal whereby Vodafone will distribute Mediapro’s beIN Sports La Liga channel, including coverage of Spanish first division matches as well as the Copa del Rey for the 2016-19 seasons.The agreement means that Vodafone will be able to provide eight matches a day to its subscribers via the channel, including a minimum of 18 each featuring Real Madrid and Barcelona. The channel will be made available via the Ono fibre network and xDSL TV as well as via the Vodafone TV Online OTT service.Vodafone also has a deal to distribute the beIN Sports channel, which includes coverage of European football competitions, for the next two seasons.A similar deal for Orange means that both telcos now have guarantees that they will be able to compete with Telefónica’s Movistar, which is January struck a €2.4 billion deal with Mediapro to offer its customers all competitions to which Mediapro held the rights for the next three seasons, including La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the European Champions League and Europa League competitions.The deals do not include the major game of each day – El Partidazo – to which Telefónica holds the rights. Vodafone and Orange have however reportedly indicated that they will provide a complete offering, either by striking a deal with Telefónica or by filing a complaint with the competition regulator if this is not possible.
YouTube channels with more than a million subscribers nearly doubled in the last year, while the number of creators earning five or six figures from the platform grew more than 40%.Susan WojcickiThese figures were revealed by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in an open letter posted to the YouTube Creators blog, looking back on the past 12 months and setting out the video service’s plans for the year ahead.Wojcicki described 2018 as “unprecedented” and said that YouTube’s three priorities for the year ahead are: supporting creator and artist success; improving communication and engagement; and “living up to our responsibility”.In terms of creator support, YouTube said it has increased monetisation accuracy by 40% and is making it easier for creators to appeal when videos are deemed ineligible for monetisation – for example if the content is not considered advertiser friendly.“There’s still more work to do on both of these fronts and we’re committed to getting it right for everyone,” said Wojcicki.Last year the company expanded YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, expanding these from five to 29 countries. It also added other ways to help content creators diversify their revenues, including ‘super chat’, merchandise, ticketing and channel memberships – the latter of which can be deployed by YouTubers with 30,000 subscribers or more.Turning to communication and engagement, YouTube said it increased the number of responses it makes to content creators via social channels by 150% and made its response times 50% faster. It also said it held more than 480 events with over 18,000 creators last year – including ‘fanfests’, creator summits and workshops.“It’s the engagement between creators and viewers that truly sets YouTube apart from traditional media like TV,” said Wojcicki. “Our goal is to grow this in new ways. One addition last year was the Premieres feature that allows creators to generate a shared experience with fans around new videos… I’m sure we’ll see even more of these moments in 2019.”On the responsibility front, YouTube said it made a lot of improvements in 2018 but recognises “there’s still much more to do,” referring to issues like removing the content that violates its community guidelines and supporting journalism and education on the platform.Elsewhere, Wojcicki said that YouTube will “do better to tell our story in 2019” after its 2018 Rewind video – supposedly a recap of the videos, people, music and moments that defined 2018 – became the most disliked video on the internet with 15 million dislikes to date.She also thanked the YouTube community for helping to bring attention to the “unintended consequences” of Article 13. “The debate around Article 13 remains ongoing,” she said. “This could be decided in the next few weeks, so please keep speaking out on this critical issue for all YouTube creators.”To read Susan Wojcicki’s full letter to YouTube creators, click here.
The IBC 2009 conference features a number of sessions that touch on IPTV – from the need for standardisation to the business case for distribution to multiple devices.This year’s IBC conference will include a number of sessions that touch on IPTV directly, or focus on areas closely tangential to it, such as online TV and the distribution of video to multiple devices.To start with, this year’s IBC keynote address will be delivered by Erik Huggers, director of future media and technology at the BBC, a public broadcaster that has been at the forefront of delivering on-demand TV over the internet with the BBC iPlayer, and is now attempting to push the use of broadband to deliver on-demand services to the TV via the proposed Canvas platform.Specifically IPTV-focused sessions at this year’s conference include two sessions on standards (Is standardisation the key for IPTV? The questions and Is standardisation the key for IPTV? The answers) on Thursday September 10, at 12.15-13.15 and 14.15-15.15 respectively. Chaired by William Cooper of Informitv, the former includes contributions from Mitchell Berman, currently CEO and co-founder of Zillion TV, Monika Gadhammar, chair of the Open IPTV Forum marketing group, and Peter MacAvock, programme manager at the EBU. Gadhammar will go on to chair the second session. Speakers include Paul Berriman, chief technology officer of PCCW in Hong Kong, Yun Chao, chairman of the Open IPTV Forum, Klaus Illgner, managing director of the Institut Für Rundfunktechnik, the EBU’s MacAvock, Paul Szucs, the Open IPTV Forum Solution working group chair, and Miguel Alvarez, head of strategic planning and evolving IPTV technology for Telefónica.Friday September 11 sees a session on The newest developments in IPTV from 09.00-10.30. Chaired by Dietrich Westerkamp, director of standards coordination at Thomson in Germany, the session will comprise an eclectic mix of presentations that address the latest applications and other new developments in IPTV.Over-the-top delivery of online TV is seen as an important topic in its own right, and the place within that of user-generated content is the subject of much debate. IBC will include a session on Harnessing UGC from 15.30-17.00 chaired by journalist Gary Smith with contributions from Gilles Babinet, CEO of Eyeka in France, Hugh Garry, senior interactive producer for creative projects, BBC Audio & Music, and Martin Rogard, content director of user-generated video portal DailyMotion.MPEG IF masterclassVarious IPTV issues will be discussed in two MPEG Industry Forum masterclass streams on September 14, produced with the University of St Petersburg. Co-chaired by Sebastian Moeritz, president of the MPEG IF and David Price, vice-president of marketing at Harmonic, the sessions will cover topics including the evolution of digital media standards, success factors for hybrid services and the repurposing of content for viewing on multiple devices. The first session, from 13.30-14.55, will feature Kevin Baughan, director of technical strategy at Virgin Media, Dieter Engel, product development media services at Deutsche Telekom, Manuel Gutierrez, CEO and president of TDVision Systems, Matthew Huntingdon of Open TV and Jeff McSchooler, vice-president of engineering at EchoStar. The second session, from 15.15-17.30, will feature Ross Biggam, director general of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe, Stuart Collingwood, vice-president EMEA of Sling Media, Konstantin Glasman, head of the video systems department at St Petersburg State University of Film and Television, Casey Harwood, senior vice-president, Turner Europe, Mark Krivosheev, chief scientist at the State Radio Research and Developmenet Institute of Russia, Kaliu Kukk, deputy general director of Russian group Telecom, Robert Luff, executive vice-president and chief engineering officer of Nielsen, Alexander Umbitaliev, director of Russia’s Television Research Institute and Robin Wilson, vice-president of business development at Nagravision in the US.
Milya Timergaleyeva, VP, market strategy, Oregan Networks talks about the challenges facing pay TV operators in delivering advanced services.What are the main challenges facing pay TV service providers as they attempt to upgrade their subscriber bases to receive advanced connected or hybrid TV services?The biggest common challenge faced by MSOs is meeting the growing demand for bandwidth, as content consumption preferences shift toward non-linear models. Intensified by the increasing appetite for Full HD and 4K content, the ‘bandwidth bottleneck’ has the potential to stress both managed and Over the Top Services to a level where customer experience can be adversely impacted.DRM fragmentation also continues to raise challenges for operators that deploy services across multiple devices and networks, and this is an area where goalposts are constantly changing, in terms of new security requirements from studios on UHD content, as well as ecosystem changes such as those recently made by Google to the Chrome browser.As a platform and services vendor, Oregan employs a combination of well-established technology building blocks and innovation components that tackle these issues. During IBC this year, Oregan will showcase recent integration with the V-Nova Perseus compression technology which holds a promise of significantly reducing the bandwidth requirements, thus making premium content accessible at lower OPEX levels. Core to Oregan’s bandwidth solutions strategy is close alignment and pre-integration with leading CDN and DVR vendors, such as Alcatel Lucent.Thirdly, the high velocity of the evolution of standards and emerging connectivity use cases pose operational challenges for operators who wish to stay relevant and competitive. On the one hand, the in-sourcing platform management strategies have proven effective for larger operators, on the other hand, the need to continuously explore, implement and trial new products in an Agile manner, have created an elevated demand for highly skilled engineering teams and product evolution methodologies that can be ‘plugged’ into a project rapidly and deliver to a high standard.How useful is cloud technology in helping deliver advanced TV services to pay TV operators’ subscribers and which applications are likely to be prioritized by operators?The trend to virtualize services that were once provided exclusively within the operator’s own managed headend is well underway. During the last 12 months Oregan has worked on deployment projects where many aspects of the traditional headend have been moved out into the cloud, allowing operators to reduce complexity and costs associated with onsite hosting.We are involved in projects today with tier-1 telecoms operators, where key video delivery platform components such as the CMS, Network PVR, DRM Key Server, TR-069 ACS Server and Upgrade Management Server are all provided as managed services hosted in the Cloud.Indeed, we see traditional cable and satellite operators deploying on-demand VOD services in some markets, where the Service Delivery Platforms I entirely outsourced and hosted in the cloud. This enables rapid time to market as well as immediate economies of scale, by utilizing pre-established cloud encoding and CDN platforms for OTT delivery to hybrid STBs and other OTT devices.Oregan’s video client technology has been developed from the outset to bring together the worlds of traditional broadcast, with IPTV and OTT technologies. A legacy or new generation STB running Oregan’s middleware can mix-and-match content from broadcast, IPTV and OTT sources, whilst providing a seamless and unified user experience to the consumer. The latest iterations of Oregan’s Secure Media Player solution, brings this consistency to multi-screen devices and OTT platforms, as well as the more established traditional CPE.What are the main challenges facing pay TV service providers as they attempt to upgrade their subscriber bases to receive advanced connected or hybrid TV services?The first and foremost decision faced by an operator is the approach to the existing devices. The reality is that the initial investment that was made deploying the original CPE is frequently making it difficult to commercially justify a complete replacement. Oregan’s legacy Pay TV migration methodology encapsulates the key product evolution process that allows the operator to synchronize, wherever possible, the capabilities and features across legacy and new generation devices.Oregan’s project experience with BT and its legacy Mediaroom STBs enables us to offer a field-proven solution to operators where the in-field upgrade process is flawless, with the entire fleet of devices upgraded remotely, courtesy of a well designed and implemented remote upgrade methodology. The crucial goal and a measure of success of any such upgrade project is elimination of any need for ‘truck rolls’. As part of the initial technical and financial analysis, Oregan carries out a thorough impartial feasibility assessment, which will determine the optimal product evolution path, feature sets, content security implications, timescales and any trade-offs related to the legacy STB’s intrinsic capabilities.What are the principal technology choices facing operators as they seek to build next-generation TV platforms and what are the key advantages and disadvantages of each?As technology sourcing becomes increasingly modular, with emphasis on upgradability and future-proofness, the component choices are becoming less restrictive. In this new scenario, which is made possible by the general move towards open architectures and community-sourced components, the choices tend to be related to the operating system utilized inside the CPE, the degree of association and prominence of competing OTT services offered side-by-side with the core content offering and, thirdly, the content protection technologies.A continued exploitation of multicast delivery infrastructure for live events, especially sporting events is an option that many operators are having to determine their approach to.And lastly, offering support for Common Encryption standards across devices, which enables operators to simplify the head-end infrastructure of a multi-DRM deployment is a transition that many operators consider as a matter of natural platform evolution.Oregan Networks provides market-leading technology expertise in delivery of Digital TV over broadcast and IP networks, with emphasis on ensuring content security, quality of service for consumers and mitigating project risk. 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ShareTweet POLICE arrested a man over after a knife incident in Derry city centre yesterday.Officers on mobile patrol responded to a call and went to the scene at Ferryquay Street around 5. 30 pm.The caller reported that a man was carrying a knife. MAN QUIZZED OVER KNIFE INCIDENT IN DERRY CITY CENTRE was last modified: April 23rd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: derry city centreFERRYQUAY STREETMAN QUIZZED OVER KNIFE INCIDENT IN DERRY CITY CENTREPSNI Police arrested the man for possessing an offensive weapon in a public place contrary to common law.He was handcuffed and taken away in a police car to Strand Road PSNI station for questioning.
OFF TO THE POUND….A4 Audi estate car seized by police in Derry.THE police in Derry would like a quiet word with the owner of this Audi A4 car which was found abandoned on a bad bend and blocking a farmer’s property.PSNI Foyle say on its Facebook page: “Could the owner of this Audi A4 estate which was left for a considerable period of time on the Beragh Hill Road, make contact with Constable Brogan of Ballyarnett NPT at Strand Road PSNI Station ASAP.“We would like to know why it was parked blocking a farmers property, was on a bad bend, had a number of dodgy tyres, was full of empty tins of alcohol and had a bong in the rear seat. “It’s also showing no insurance and was found on a public road.“We have seized it for now and happy to discuss it with the owner if located.“Police checks regarding the owner have been inconclusive thus far.”POLICE KEEN TO TRACE ‘INCONSIDERATE’ OWNER OF THIS ABANDONED AUDI CAR was last modified: January 6th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet BERAGH HILL ROADCONSTABLE BROGANPOLICE KEEN TO TRACE ‘INCONSIDERATE’ OWNER OF THIS ABANDONED AUDI CARPSNI FOYLE