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1966 Indian plane wreckage found in Alpine glacier

first_imgThe Indian Embassy in Paris confirmed the discovery but gave no details.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) PARIS (AP) – As the Alpine glacier melted, a curious discovery emerged after decades beneath the ice: a plane wheel, a shoe _ and an intact pouch of Indian diplomatic mail from 1966.It all appears to be part of the wreckage from an Air India plane crash that hikers and a rescue worker found this week on the slopes beneath Mont Blanc.Rescuer Arnaud Christmann said the hikers alerted the tourist office in Chamonix that they had seen something beneath a glacier that looked like a wheel. He went to investigate and found pieces of the plane and “a gift from the mountain,” a bag containing Indian and English newspapers from 1966 and other documents, labeled “diplomatic mail.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishescenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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Rep Barrett supports The Country Mill owners First Amendment rights

first_img Today in the state Capitol, a press conference was held to talk about a new federal lawsuit being filed by the Alliance for Defending Freedom on behalf of Steve Tennes and The Country Mill Farms. The Tennes family owns The Country Mill, a local family farm in Eaton County.The suit was filed against the city of East Lansing for being forced out of participation in the East Lansing Farmer’s Market after seven years of operation there. The apparent reason for their exclusion from the market was comments made on Steve’s Facebook page expressing his closely held religious beliefs. A 2017 policy change by the city and its refusal to allow The Country Mill to participate and serve all customers has led to this legal action.“I’m a strong supporter of the Tennes family and even stronger supporter of their First Amendment rights,” state Rep. Tom Barrett said. “I applaud their courage to bring this issue forward. Steve and Bridget did not ask for this battle, but I am proud to stand with them as they fight for religious freedom and free speech.”The Country Mill has a long-standing presence throughout the Mid-Michigan area and has been selling apples, blueberries, pumpkins and more for many years. Rep. Barrett, along with several other members of the House of Representatives and state Senate, stood in support of the family, their farm and their First Amendment rights.#### 31May Rep. Barrett supports The Country Mill owner’s First Amendment rights Categories: Barrett News,Newslast_img read more

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Rep Lucido explains no vote on Michigan auto insurance bill

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News State Rep. Peter J. Lucido of Shelby Township today explained his ‘no’ on House Bill 5013, which proposed various changes to Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system.“Everyone, myself included, wants lower car insurance rates,” Lucido said after the bill was defeated. “But this bill as it stood was a bad deal for drivers. They’d pay a little less in premiums, but they’d take on greater risk and get far fewer benefits if they give up the top-notch coverage we’ve had for over 40 years under the no-fault system in Michigan. It’s not an even trade.”Lucido said the bill in its current version does nothing to ensure that more Michigan motorists will follow state law and carry auto insurance. More than 20 percent of Michigan drivers (more than 1.4 million) now drive illegally without insurance, which creates additional costs for all insured drivers.“Why offer rate reductions without a mechanism to truly make sure drivers carry the auto insurance they are legally required to have?” Lucido said. “We should ensure compliance on time, every time, in real time. And if motorists don’t comply, we should take their license plate and get their cars off the road.”Lucido said he has introduced legislation that would address this specifically, along with several other issues related to auto insurance reform, which will reduce insurance costs without reducing benefits. To date, he has yet to be given a hearing.Lucido said reforms should do more to root out fraud and abuse, and ensure more openness and accountability in the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, which to date has more than $20 billion. He is concerned that seniors would be put at risk with Medicare coverage that is not as good as now offered through no-fault insurance. Lucido also said people choosing a $250,000 personal injury protection option available in House Bill 5013 would have dangerously insufficient medical coverage if they are seriously injured in auto accidents, forcing them into bankruptcy.“The $250,000 coverage level as it is outlined now would serve to fix injuries in the emergency room, then leave accident victims without adequate coverage for aftercare,” Lucido said. “This ultimately would shift costs to Medicaid and Medicare, raising costs in those systems.”Lucido said he is willing to work with legislators to enact significant reform, including a thorough examination of how auto personal injury protection coverage and an individual’s health insurance coverage interact and affect costs in the event of a catastrophic auto accident.“This bill just doesn’t add up to the reforms we need in Michigan,” Lucido said. “We need to find real solutions for Michigan drivers and protect their well-being.“I have spent my entire adult life as a licensed insurance agent and as a practicing attorney protecting families. This issue is in my blood, and we must make the changes necessary for real reform. House Bill 5013 – unless it changes significantly – does not do the job.”### 02Nov Rep. Lucido explains ‘no’ vote on Michigan auto insurance billlast_img read more

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Lucido legislation signed into law to protect falsely accused

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News 15Mar Lucido legislation signed into law to protect falsely accused Law requires all arrest, ID data be expunged when charges droppedState Rep. Peter Lucido’s three bills to protect falsely accused individuals was signed into law this week.“The phrase ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is the foundation of our country’s court system and I’m pleased that will be the law in Michigan,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “There’s no excuse to keep that when someone never faces a day of trial, much less is not convicted.”These bills require all arrest and personal identification information – such as fingerprints, mugshots, DNA, and other descriptive data – and statements are to be erased should the charges be dropped before trial or when an individual be found to be falsely accused or charged. The legislation also requires removal of similar data from the Law Enforcement Information Network, used by law enforcement agencies across Michigan.“People are having their lives cut down simply by someone Googling their name,” said Lucido, vice chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “We’re guilty until proven innocent in the court of public opinion, but this will help make certain our legal system meets the constitutional standard.”The legislation was inspired by a specific criminal case when Lucido, a licensed attorney, represented a Macomb County individual who faced charges before the witness retracted her statement and the charges were dropped prior to trial. Even with dropped charges, his client had to deal with lifelong effects of the case.“This person did nothing wrong, yet his life was essentially destroyed every time he applied for a job or even shared his name with someone,” Lucido said. “It was an absolute travesty of justice. I wish I can turn back the clock to help that man and others who led lawful lives outside of a false accusation.”House Bills 4536, 4537 and 4538 are now Public Acts 65, 66 and 67 of 2018, respectively.###last_img read more

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Barack Obama the Pragmatist Who Could Become Mayor of Us All

first_imgShare3TweetShare2Email5 SharesJoseph Sohm / Shutterstock.comJune 19, 2015; PoliticoWe would not hesitate to suggest that aside from political campaign donors, nonprofits know their local mayors the best. Those mayors largely determine the allocation of general funds, distribute community development block grant (CDBG) dollars, oversee municipal human services and health departments, direct parks and recreation departments, and do so much more that is part of the everyday lives of community-based nonprofits and their constituents and stakeholders.At the local government level, the distinction between Republican mayors and Democratic mayors is frequently difficult to discern. Republican mayors argue with their congressional delegations trying to avoid budget cuts in programs such as CDBG, and Democratic mayors get pressured by the White House to endorse the Trans-Pacific Partnership and fast-track trade negotiating authority. The theory is that mayors don’t have the luxury of playing with Capitol Hill ideological bents. They simply have to get things done, like making sure the snow is plowed, the garbage collected, and the like.That seems to be the modus operandi most admired by the current occupant of the White House, at least in the last two years of his presidency. “More than just about any other office in the land, those who occupy the office of mayor are approaching it in a practical way,” President Barack Obama told the bipartisan membership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors last week. “Mayors understand that if there’s a conflict between ideology and reality, you should opt for reality.”The Obama administration is increasingly pointing to the adoption by local government of Obama-promoted policies that are going nowhere on Capitol Hill, including the number of cities (and states) that have raised the minimum wage, implemented paid leave, initiated parts of the My Brother’s Keeper agenda, and, in Democratic Seattle and Republican Indianapolis, announced plans for universal Pre-K education.This may not be an entirely original turn on the part of the POTUS. In 2013, political theorist Benjamin Barber began proselytizing around the themes of his new book, If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities. As Sam Roberts put it in his review of Barber’s book, Barber’s thesis is that “modern cities are the incubators for problem-solving while national governments are doomed to failure.”“Because they are inclined naturally to collaboration and interdependence, cities harbor hope,” Barber himself writes. Barber specifically proposes a global parliament of mayors, maybe akin to a Hanseatic League for the 21st century, and is not surprisingly heading a Global Parliament of Mayors Project, with membership available to cities with populations of 250,000 or more. Three planning meetings have already occurred for the GPM—one in Seoul, sponsored by CityNet, an Asian city network; one in New York under the auspices of former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s CityLab; and a third in Amsterdam. According to a press release, the inaugural convening of the Global Parliament of Mayors will be held sometime in 2016, in partnership with George Ferguson, the mayor of Bristol, and Tom Cochran, the CEO of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.This all might be just so much foofaraw, not to be taken all that seriously except among professional thinkers who, as the Wizard of Oz told the Scarecrow, “think deep thoughts…with no more brains than you have.” However, there is some momentum and presumably funding. Barber has attracted the ubiquitous Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and Cities and the Creative Class, to co-author some GPM manifestos explaining the breadth and depth of the parliament concept. (Don Tapscott of Global Solutions Network is a third co-author.)At the Conference of Mayors meeting, President Obama was showered with encomiums from participants as diverse as Mick Cornett, the Republican occupant of City Hall in Oklahoma City, and Kevin Johnson, the Democratic mayor of Sacramento (and spouse of education reformer Michelle Rhee). Atlanta’s Kasim Reed and Philadelphia’s Michael Nutter intimated that there has been a high level of engagement between the mayors and President Obama, “conference call after conference call with Obama and his staff” to get things done. Members of Congress might wish they had had similar interaction with the president.In Barber’s TED talk on mayors ruling the world, he similarly lauded a diversity of mayors, including former Newark mayor Cory Booker, the late Ed Koch, London’s libertarian Boris Johnson, Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek, and both Nutter and Bloomberg. Maybe Barack Obama, leaving office as still quite a young man and presenting himself as a more bipartisan or perhaps non-partisan get-it-done pragmatist, might have a follow-up act to try in being the president of mayors, or the mayor of mayors.Just tell Barber to refrain at the GPM inaugural this fall from referring to mayors as “what I like to call homeboys, or to include the women mayors, homies” as he did in his TED talk. It might indicate that he’s been hanging out comfortably with the so-called “creative class,” but he might not have had much experience in interacting with regular people who happen to inhabit cities outside of galleries, salons, penthouses, and the rarified airs of academic seminars.—Rick CohenUpdate: Since this piece was written, the inaugural convening of the Global Parliament of Mayors, originally planned for October 23rd and 24th, 2015, in London and Bristol in the UK, has been postponed and relocated to an as-yet-undetermined date and place in 2016. The article above has been altered to reflect this.Share3TweetShare2Email5 Shareslast_img read more

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Chicago Schools Remain Shuttered as Reminders of Need for Community Engagement First

first_imgShare13Tweet2Share10Email25 SharesEmmet School / Josh KJuly 25th, 2017; The Chicago ReporterIn 2013, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel closed 50 schools due to declining enrollment and shrinking public funds. Most of the school buildings are still vacant, in part due to the city’s failure to outline a clear process for deciding what to do with them.Originally the responsibility to dispose of the buildings rested with the city’s aldermen, but when they failed to find buyers over three and a half years, the district took over. On Chicago’s West Side, Key Elementary in Englewood and Emmet Elementary in Austin, two majority-black schools, have been the sites of particularly rancorous debates.The Chicago Reporter noted in January,Emanuel said residents would have a say in turning the former schools into facilities that would benefit the surrounding neighborhoods. Yet four years later, two-thirds of the buildings are still vacant. There are no common standards for community involvement in determining their reuse. And aldermen, who until recently oversaw the process, have not held public meetings to discuss the future of about half of the schools, including Key.Various proposals have included a health center, an innovation center, and low-income housing subsidized by low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC). Developer Rob Ferrino’s company was poised to turn Emmet Elementary into a $24 million health center, but when investors learned that community support was lacking, they jumped ship.“It was never about the project necessarily, but the fact that we were not included in the conversations,” said Cata Truss, a resident who attended several meetings on Emmet.“There’s a way that things need to be worked through,” said Amara Enyia, who directs the Austin Chamber of Commerce. “We have to make it clear to developers that you have to get buy-in on the front end, instead of having to backtrack.” Now Emmet is back up for public bid.NPQ noted in 2015 that vacant schools are a drain on the community; they’re hard to sell, and when a purchase does go through, the price is usually short of the projection.Chicago’s rash of school closures is in part a result of racially motivated school policies in the 1960s and 1970s. Neighborhoods like Austin were growing, and black families were moving in, but “the district often built new schools rather than redraw boundaries that would put black and white students in the same schools,” according to the Reporter. The school-age population of these neighborhoods has since declined, and Chicago Public Schools’ enrollment has dropped steadily since 2002.A study from the Great Cities Institute at the University of Chicago Illinois concluded, “Building utilization and student performance were predictors of these closures, but so was the race of students in each school. Specifically schools with larger shares of African American students had a higher probability of closure than schools with comparable test scores, locations, and utilization rates.”Racial factors led to the building of the schools, and racial factors led to closing them, even though less than ten percent of CPS students are white. Now, a messy process and unfulfilled promises to the communities that have suffered the most closures keep dilapidated buildings from being renewed.Several schools, such as the Ward school in Humboldt Park, are slated for low-income housing, if funding can be found. Developers are hoping to use low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC) to finance the transformation. Applications for the LIHTC are open in Chicago this year for the first time since 2011, and promise to give preference to repurposed buildings, to “help alleviate the negative impact that vacant and/or deteriorated buildings can have on neighborhoods.” However, competition for the tax credits will be fierce. Developer Scott Henry said, “The city’s resources are scarce and there’s a lot of really terrific projects out there.” NPQ noted earlier this year that the LIHTC program, though it enjoys enormous success and bipartisan support in Congress, may be threatened by a lower corporate tax rate.Asiaha Butler, the president of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, added that it’s important that the developments are more than just affordable housing; she wants to see workforce development and an urban farm in the space. “The community has to be at the forefront of what happens to these institutions,” she said, and the community has the smarts to want investment and revitalization without gentrification.After all the drama suffered the past few years in Chicago schools—teacher strikes, the failure to pass a state budget, threatened takeover by the governor, reduced school funding, and the closures—it’s about time that community involvement and investment become part of the CPS strategy. Communities have found their voice and are fighting back against state-imposed initiatives; looks like there might be some civic sector investment opportunities here.—Erin RubinShare13Tweet2Share10Email25 Shareslast_img read more

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Telekom Slovenije has added pay TV package Pop Non

first_imgTelekom Slovenije has added pay TV package Pop Non Stop to its SiOL TV service.The Pro Plus-supplied bouquet will be made available free-of-charge for a promotional period. Pop Non Stop includes six channels – Pop Kino, Pop Kino 2, offering movies, Pop Fani, providing comedy programmes, Pop Oto, an animation channel, Pop Brio, a general entertainment channel offering a mix of series, reality shows and movies, and Pop Spot, a music channel.Pop Non Stop was launched earlier this year on the Telemach and T2 platforms.last_img read more

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Almost 40 French local TV channels have completed

first_imgAlmost 40 French local TV channels have completed the first stage of an appeal to the country’s Conseil d’Etat to challenge the latest ordering of channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform by media regulator the CSA.The preliminary request is expected to be followed by a demand for the suspension of the channel ordering. Following the launch of six new national digital-terrestrial channels, the CSA plans to push local channels further down the numerical EPG listing from their current slots in the 20s. One local channel, Télé Bocal, had already called for a suspension of the move ahead of the coordinated action.last_img read more

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New restrictions in Moldova on foreign channels ha

first_imgNew restrictions in Moldova on foreign channels have provoked complaints from the country’s 10 largest cable operators, according to local reports.According to a revised broadcasting code agreed by the Moldovan parliament, a number of commercial foreign channels will be prohibited from January 1. According to the cable operators, they were not consulted or invited to make submissions ahead of the changes being agreed. The operators say that the changes will have disastrous effect on the economy and will lead to consumers turning to black market relay services to receive the channels.last_img read more

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US firm Roku maker of highly popular streaming vi

first_imgUS firm Roku, maker of highly popular streaming video devices of the same name, has signed content deals with new partners including Time Warner Cable and also agreed to license its streaming service to a number of value-focused TV manufacturers such as China’s HiSense.Under the agreement with Time Warner Cable, the latter’s subscribers will be able to access the authenticated service ‘TWC TV’ on their Roku device, offering up to 300 linear television channels at no additional cost to their cable TV subscription. This will be the first time TWC TV is available for streaming on a consumer device connected to a television.Roku has also partnered with a range of over-the-top services including entertainment providers Dailymotion, Spotify and Vevo, and added some new casual gaming experiences, such as race track driving game Danger Derby and a TV version of the game Family Solitaire.Finally, the company’s new device manufacturer partners are US firms Coby Electronics, Harman Kardon, Voxx and Westinghouse, and Chinese firms HiSense and TCL.These partners will ship their latest TVs with the new ‘Roku Streaming Stick’ included – a small device the size of a USB thumb drive which connects to a television’s MHL-enabled HDMI port and offers access to the Roku streaming service.last_img read more

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Hybrid technology provider Motive TV has said it p

first_imgHybrid technology provider Motive TV has said it plans to launch its app and antenna tuner technology in the UK to enable tablet users to watch and record Freeview programmes on their devices without the need to connect to the internet.Motive TV said its Tablet TV product allowed users to watch any broadcast TV channel, while its built-in Tablet PVR product enabled them to record shows to watch later.The company said it planned to license its technology to third-party consumer electronics companies who would make its antenna-tuners available in the market.The company’s chairman, former Chrysalis TV chief Mick Pilsworth, is due to provide an update on the company at the Proactive Investors, One2One Investor Forum in London this week.Motive TV said it planned to develop a Freeview-compatible platform that would receive all the Freeview channels available, offer a full seven-day Freeview EPG and enable features such as series recording and social media integration with an internet connection.The company said it would seek approval for Tablet TV from the Digital Television Group and be D-Book-compliant. It will also seek Freeview branding for the product.Motive TV said it expected to be able to demonstrate a Freeview product later this year.Leonard Fertig, CEO of Motive said, “Motive’s experience in developing Tablet TV for the United States makes the extension to the highly successful Freeview platform to tablets in the UK a natural next step.  We look forward to working with Freeview and its partners to complete the development of Tablet TV for the UK so tablet owners can enjoy Freeview whenever and wherever they want.”last_img read more

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Global IPTV household penetration grew by 15 milli

first_imgGlobal IPTV household penetration grew by 15 million homes in the first half of the year, reaching more than 80 million, according to latest IHS stats. The research firm’s IPTV Market Monitor report predicts that IPTV revenues will approach €18bn in 2013, up by more than 20% year-on-year.The bi-annual study claims that Asia-Pacific now accounts for nearly half of global IPTV households, with China Telecom alone accounting for one in three net additions in the first half of 2013.IHS also said that  next-generation IPTV has experienced fast growth in the Middle East, with 125m IPTV homes added the first half of 2013 in this satellite TV-heavy region.However, it added that growth of IPTV households in Western Europe has stagnated and was the lowest of any region in H1 2013, with this region’s share of global IPTV households declining between Q4 2012 and Q2 2013.IHS said it expects the Latin American market to see a 246% year-on-year increase in net additions in 2013 – driven by a better performing Brazilian IPTV market in the second half of the year.The US – the third largest IPTV market in terms of subscribers – is forecast to account for 48% of global IPTV revenues in 2013.Separately, IHS reported on Friday that the global installed base of conditional access clients in set-top boxes is expected to exceed 1 billion units for the first time in 2014 – more than doubling from the 2009 figure of 479 million units to 1.1 billion units next year.Growth will be driven by expanding demand in the emerging regions of Latin America, India and China, said IHS.last_img read more

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French conglomerate Lagardères media arm Lagardèr

first_imgFrench conglomerate Lagardère’s media arm Lagardère Active has named Caroline Cochaux as director-general of programmes and broadcasting for its French and international TV channels.Cochaux will report to Gérald-Brice Viret, deputy director of French and international TV channels. She was previously director of kids and family programming, with a remit covering channels Gulli, Canal J, TiJi and La Chaîne du Père Noël before adding young adult channels June and MCM to her portfolio last year.last_img read more

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Steve Morris systems architect at TV technology c

first_imgSteve Morris, systems architect at TV technology company Espial, has been named a member of the HbbTV steering group and chair of the HbbTV Spec Group Terminals Task Force.Morris, a founding member of HbbTV, has contributed to digital TV standards around the workd and specializes in working with HTML5, OIPF, Digital TV, MHP, MPEG, DVB, ATSC, IPTV, HTML, CSS and JavaScript as well as HbbTV.“HbbTV is a global approach to TV innovation with a solid footprint in Europe and interest growing steadily around the world,” said Klaus Illgner, HbbTV chairman.“As a founding member, Steve has been an active contributor and evangeliser of the HbbTV specifications since the beginning. We look forward to benefitting from his leadership and helping us to expand the adoption of HbbTV into other parts of the world.”last_img read more

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TIMs new brand campaign Telecom Italia is to use

first_imgTIM’s new brand campaignTelecom Italia is to use the TIM brand hitherto used for mobile services across all its consumer offerings.All fixed telephony, internet and mobile services will now be marketed under the TIM brand, which was created 20 years ago. Telecom Italia has revamped the tim.it website and integrated it with the its telecomitalia.it site.The tim.it site includes a dedicated area for advanced services including Smart Life, encompassing TV and entertainment, health and fitness, home and the family and personal services.The launch is being accompanied by a new advertising campaign, with online material already on air and print advertising to follow next week.last_img read more

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Vessel the online video startup from former Hulu

first_imgVessel, the online video start-up from former Hulu boss Jason Kilar, has dropped the ads on the service for paying subscribers and introduced a new annual payment option.CEO Kilar said in a blog post that the change follows user feedback and that “one of the most popular requests has been for an ad-free experience” since Vessel launched a year ago.The ad-free option will apply to those who pay for Vessel’s US$2.99 per-month subscription, and for those who sign up for its new US$19.99 per-annum plan – which gives users one year’s access at 44% off the regular monthly price.“For those fans who would prefer to watch their favourite videos on Vessel without a paid subscription, they can continue to do so via our free, ad-supported service,” said Kilar.Revealing some company stats, the Vessel boss said that it now has paying subscribers from more than 155 countries and that content creators who use Vessel’s paid, early access service continue to earn “more than US$50 in revenue per thousand views”.Kilar said that Vessel now offers more than 300,000 videos from over 250 content partners – up over 50% since last summer – but added “we are still very much in the early days”.Vessel first launched to the public in March 2015. The service is designed to offer “early access to the web’s best short-form creators”, with users paying to get access to videos – typically for a 72-hour period – before they are available for free on the web on sites like YouTube.Free users do not get the early access to content, but can still browse and watch videos on the service. Vessel said in the small print that its new ad-free approach for paid users excludes music videos.last_img read more

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The UK Section of the Society of Motion Picture

first_imgThe UK Section of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) has appointed the DTG’s chief technology officer (CTO), Simon Gauntlett, as its chairman. Gauntlett, who has been an active SMPTE member since 2011, said: “I’m delighted that my colleagues in SMPTE have elected me as Chairman and I’m looking forward to driving SMPTE’s UK Section forward in this centennial year.”DTG CEO Richard Lindsay-Davies said: “Simon’s appointment as SMPTE UK Chair recognises the ongoing importance of industry collaboration, standards and education which the DTG stands for. This follows the appointment of Ian Medland, Head of Technical Development at DTG Testing onto the HbbTV Steering Group in April.”last_img read more

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NBCUniversal networks was the group of channels th

first_imgNBCUniversal networks was the group of channels that most US viewers would choose if they had to select package of five TV network groups for a ‘skinny TV plan’, according to The Diffusion Group.The research firm found that the ‘big-four’ broadcast network groups occupied the top five slots when viewers were asked which they would choose in a live and on-demand TV service that included only five TV network groups.NBCU was selected by 48% of survey respondents, followed by Fox networks (41%), Disney / ABC (41%) and CBS (38%). Also included in the top-five, was Turner networks, tied with CBS at 38%.The rest of the top-10 consisted of A&E (37%), HBO (36%), Discovery (34%), AMC (28%) and Viacom (24%).“Live big-four broadcast viewing is diminishing, as with virtually every major network,” said Michael Greeson, director of research at TDG.“This should not imply, however, that their death as brands or as major forces in consumer video is inevitable. The value of their content is immense; top of mind for many viewers.”ESPN ranked outside of TDG’s top-10 with just 22% of people choosing it for their skinny plan.The research firm said that this shows Disney’s plan to launch the forthcoming ESPN+ over-the-top service as a premium add-on to its linear ESPN channel may be a wise move.“Many expected ESPN+ to be the online equivalent of ESPN, but Disney decided that the risk of cannibalising high-value linear pay TV subscriptions would create substantial channel conflict and hasten the declines in pay TV subscriptions,” said Greeson.“This risk is inherent in the direct-to-consumer model and must be addressed group by group, even channel by channel.”The TDG research was based on a US survey of 2,030 connected consumers and is part of its recent national study, ‘Video Viewing Behaviour in the Age of Quantum Video’.last_img read more

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Readers of any duration will be familiar with Dr

first_imgReaders of any duration will be familiar with Dr. Lacy Hunt—renowned economist, a favorite at our Casey Research Summits, and past contributor to these pages. I’m happy to have him back today with original analysis about what to expect for the US economy in 2014, including his take on inflation, interest rates, debt, and much more. Two things always strike me whenever I read Dr. Hunt’s work. One, his analysis is fiercely independent. I guarantee you won’t agree with everything you’re about to read. His take on interest rates in particular is sure to stir up some controversy. Two, Dr. Hunt’s scholarly approach is refreshing. He draws on his unmatched knowledge of economic history to back up every statement with studies, data, and historical examples. Given the sheer number of facts he always seems to have on his side, it’s usually hard to argue with his conclusions, even if you don’t agree with them. I’ll leave you to explore Dr. Hunt’s analysis for yourself, and to ponder its implications for your own portfolio. Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Reportlast_img read more

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One Year Ago

first_img One Year Ago One Month Ago TSX Venture 1,034.76 1,021.66 1,102.98 Rock & Stock Stats Last Dear Reader, It was a quiet week in our current favorite market sector, with no news from our companies. Many recently enthusiastic buyers appear to be wondering if gold’s retreat after the Ukrainian situation did not precipitate WWIII last week means the rally is over. Aside from the matter that the situation in Crimea is far from settled, we think the alarming economic news from China is a much more important short-term driver for gold. Apparently, some short-sighted investors are viewing weak data from China as bullish, as it hints at more Chinese money-printing. We live in a topsy-turvy world, in which bad news is seen as good news. The bottom line hasn’t changed; despite the dreaded tapering, governments around the world are still printing money like mad. That has to have consequences—we remain convinced we’ll see those reflected in much higher gold prices sooner or… a little less sooner, making this lull before the storm a great buying opportunity. By the way, the investment opportunities in all the market sectors Casey Research covers—gold, energy, tech, and more—are so abundant right now that we’ve re-opened our Casey OnePass offer for just a few weeks. Click here to learn how you can get all eight of our monthly newsletters for one low price. Back to gold: In light of the recent developments, Laurynas Vegys’ article below on whether readers not yet long have missed the train comes at a very opportune time. Laurynas’ first chart, I have to admit, looks hard to believe, but it’s based on real data—the picture is real. I hope you’ll read the article with an open mind. Sincerely, Copper 2.94 3.29 3.44 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research P.S. We have a reader interested in starting a Casey Phyle in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Anyone else interested should direct inquiries to: phyle@caseyresearch.com. Gold 1,334.18 1,323.60 1,613.80center_img Oil 99.46 102.20 92.45 Silver 20.30 21.78 29.21 Silver Stocks (SIL) 13.57 14.72 18.23 Gold Producers (GDX) 25.52 26.53 38.43 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 39.85 42.91 68.48 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 14,335.76 14,205.72 12,747.87last_img read more

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