Leading international airline Emirates has signaled its commitment to Australia’s growing cruise industry by taking on the role of Gold Sponsor for the 2012 Cruise Industry Awards.Presented by the International Cruise Council Australasia, the prestigious annual Cruise Industry Awards event recognises leading cruise travel consultants and agencies from across Australia and New Zealand.ICCA General Manager Brett Jardine said he was delighted to welcome Emirates onboard as the Gold Sponsor of the 2012 Awards night, which will be held in Sydney on February 9, 2013.“Emirates first joined the Council as an associate member in 2007 and, as our cruise line members will attest, has made a point of pro-actively working with the industry to carry Australian passengers to cruise ships around the world,” Mr Jardine said.Emirates Vice President Australasia Barry Brown said the airline was pleased to further strengthen its relationship with the ICCA and to celebrate the achievements of those in the industry.“With a route network that currently includes more than 120 destinations in over 70 countries, and a consistent global service proposition, Emirates is a natural partner for cruising operators worldwide,” Mr Brown said. “In particular, the expansion of Emirates’ European network to more than 30 cities has allowed the airline to build stronger relationships with more cruise professionals, who appreciate the wider flight possibilities for connecting with a variety of European cruise itineraries, conveniently via one-stop in Dubai from Australia.“With the growth of Dubai as a popular cruising destination for Australian travellers in its own right, we look forward to furthering our relationship with the Council in 2012, and supporting our partners as the industry continues to flourish,” Mr Brown said. Source = Emirates
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Paphos’ second annual beach water polo tournament will take place later this week with 25 International teams taking part.Organised by Cyprus Athletic Tourism- an independent company- with the support of Paphos Municipality, the Beach Water Polo International Tour 2018 will be held from July 13–15.Around 150 athletes from Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Hungary are expected to participate this year.“The teams will pass through a group stage process and then the best two teams of each group will proceed to a knockout stage,” Cyprus Athletic Tourism said in a statement.A spokeswoman for Paphos municipality said the body is offering support to the event as promoting Paphos as a sports destination is a matter of priority.“Paphos is fast gaining an international reputation as a quality sports destination with all sorts of events such as the triathlon, marathon, swimming, cycling and other events.”She added that the aim is to slowly enable and encourage this event to expand each year and establish it on an international level.Cyprus Athletic Tourism said that the ultimate aim of the event is to promote water polo and tempt as many children as possible into the water for exercise.“This year’s programme will also include two additional mini tournaments, one for children up to the age of eleven, and another for children up to thirteen years of age.”Two girls will also give a synchronized swimming display at the opening and closing of the event.The tournament was successfully organised in July last year, when 18 teams and 110 athletes participated, said the spokeswoman.Cyprus Athletic Tourism is an independent company which provides sport related services for individuals and sport teams. It organises training camps and tournaments for water polo, swimming, cycling, triathlon, football and basketball. You May LikeFood Eat Safe9 Foods to Avoid With ArthritisFood Eat SafeUndoHistory By DayWhat To Watch Tonight? Netflix Best ShowsHistory By DayUndoHealthy Ways7 Drinks to Clean Your Liver Naturally – HealthyWaysHealthy WaysUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
29Jun Antrim County Commission reconsiders position on Cole’s bill opening state-owned logging roads On June 9 the Antrim County Commissioners voted to draft a resolution opposing State Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation to increase recreational opportunities in Michigan by giving ORV users the right of entry to any forest road that is not marked closed.Rep. Cole requested that the Antrim County commissioners reconsider their decision in a letter addressed to Chairman Crawford explaining House Bill 5275.“House Bill 5275 opens state-owned logging roads, which you can currently drive a motorized vehicle down, for the use and responsible travel by ORVs and ATVs,” Rep. Cole said. “It also charges the DNR with completing an inventory of the entire state of Michigan trail system and opening only the passageways that are environmentally sound, while keeping closed the trails/roads that were never intended to be used by motor vehicles.”House Bill 5275 was created to allow Northern Michigan residents who currently travel to the Upper Peninsula to find open roads and trails closer to home instead of being forced to trailer their equipment to other regions of the state.“For many years, Upper Peninsula trails have been considered ‘open’ unless marked closed, while the Lower Peninsula is closed unless marked open,” Rep. Cole said. “HB 5275 will make the entire state equal and give our local business owners an opportunity to profit from the popular sport.“Antrim County has been very proactive with the expansion of opportunities for hikers and bikers. Please show the same respect to the motorized community.”The Antrim County Commission met yesterday to vote on rescinding the original resolution to oppose House Bill 5275. The majority of members voted to support Rep. Cole’s legislation, the final tally was six votes supporting House Bill 5275 and three not in favor.“I thank the board for reconsidering their position on HB 5275 as it will greatly benefit Antrim County and the rest of Northern Michigan as well.” Categories: Cole News
17Jan Rep. Webber invites people to Jan. 30 in-district office hours Categories: News,Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber announced his in-district coffee hours for the month of January, and encourages people in the Greater Rochester Area to join him for questions and discussion.Webber’s local office hours will take place on Monday, Jan. 30, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 37 S. Livernois Road at Walton Boulevard in Rochester Hills.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Webber’s office by calling (517) 373-1773 or by emailing Webber at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov.#####
Categories: Lower News,News 08Sep Area first responder is guest of Rep. Lower for Sept. 11 ceremony State Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, was joined Thursday by Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams as his guest at the Michigan House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, is joined today by Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy (left) and Livingston County Undersheriff Jeff Warder (right) for the Michigan House of Representatives annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Categories: News,Vaupel News 06Sep Livingston County public safety officials join Rep. Vaupel for Sept. 11 ceremony
State Rep. Ryan Berman was appointed this week by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as vice chair of the House Committee on Regulatory Reform.The committee is tasked with deliberation on various regulatory issues in Michigan including liquor, gaming, lottery, occupational regulation, construction, administrative rules and other issues.“My work as a general practice attorney provides me with a breadth of knowledge on a range of regulatory issues facing Michigan families and businesses. I am grateful for the opportunity to put these skills to work,” Berman, of Commerce Township, said. “I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to make sure Michigan remains the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”Berman, serving his first term in the Michigan House of Representatives, will also serve as a member of the Judiciary, Financial Services and Insurance committees. 17Jan Rep. Berman tapped for leadership role on regulatory committee Categories: Berman News,News
Share11TweetShare13Email24 SharesApril 20, 2016; Daily Campus (University of Connecticut)NPQ has written before about the movement to end university investments in the private prison industry. Now, the UConn Undergraduate Student Government is asking the UConn Foundation, which manages a $383 million endowment, to submit a statement showing any holdings it might have in private prisons.“The corporations profiting from private prisons have a financial incentive to promote the political and economic agendas of mass incarceration,” commuter student senator Haddiyyah Ali wrote in a statement of position, wherein it was also asserted that private prisons violate universal human rights, particularly those to “life, liberty, security of person, privacy, family, home, ownership of property and to not be arbitrarily deprived of property.”Last year at this time, Columbia University became the first university in the country to divest from private prisons, followed by Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and the University of California divested themselves of $25 million of investments in private prison corporations following protests from their Black Student Unions.As NPQ readers may remember, philanthropic institutions have also felt pressure to divest from this industry. Last year, the California Endowment announced that it was divesting from companies “that derive significant annual revenue from the operation of private prisons, jails, detention centers and correctional facilities.”As Rick Cohen wrote in 2014, “Divestment…is a pro-values strategy. But it demands that the institutions of our society that purport to be mission- and value-driven, such as private foundations, cannot stand on the sidelines with their billions in tax exempt assets and assume that their five percent devoted to philanthropic output automatically outweighs and camouflages the impacts of the investment of their 95 percent.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare11TweetShare13Email24 Shares
Polish cable operator Inea has added the documentary channel operated by Russia Today to its line-up.RTDoc airs documentaries about life in Russian, covering nature, science, politics, technology, history and culture. The channel, which is one year old, will replace the N-TV channel in the Inea World and Inea Max packages.
Swiss telco and IPTV provider Sunrise Telecom has named Libor Voncina as its new CEO. Voncina replaces Oliver Steil, who is leaving to pursue new opportunities.Voncina, 49, was previously head of mobile services at KPN Group Belgium and has also worked at Telekom Slovenia.
The Russian online video market is set to grow dramatically over the next five years, but take up of Netflix-type subscription VoD services will be slower, according to a new white paper compiled by leading players in the market.Speaking at a panel session in London to highlight the White Paper’s findings, Egor Iakovlev, CEO and founder of leading online advertising-supported video-on-demand site Tvigle said he expected the online video advertising market to grow from a relatively low base of US$100 million (€73 million) this year. The white paper envisages growth to US$270 million by 2015, and Yakovlev said he believed this figure was conservative.Piracy remains a problem across the country, but Iakovlev said he believed recent legislation would enable legitimate service providers to tackle this more effectively. Currently, he said, 10 billion video streams were consumed annually in Russia but only one billion of those were legitimate. “What we have to do is move from piracy to legal [sites],” he said.Iakovlev said he was confident the new legislation would have an effect. He said that 50 illegal sites had been closed down since August, although there was still a struggle between content rights holders and large internet companies with different interests for the ear of legislators.Speaking at the same event, Maxim Melnikov, CEO of investment company Media3, which backs Tvigle, said that he expected advertising-supported online video to grow as people began to look to digital alternatives to over-the-air TV. “We see that the VoD advertising market has doubled this year and will double again next year,” he said. Tvigle, with 25 million unique viewers a month, is well placed to capture a significant share of this growth, he said, adding that the company would also look to monetise content in other ways.Iakovlev said he believed advertising supported models would continue to dominate in the near term as the public still had to be educated about the merits of subscription and transactional services. Nevertheless, Tvigle plans to develop transactional VoD next year to test the market. Speaking to DTVE after the session, Iakovlev said he planned to develop an offering based on rights to series from Russian and international content providers such as Fox and BBC Worldwide. He said Tvigle would implement the service via connected TV apps rather than as a purely online service.Tvigle will also likely launch in Ukraine next year, said Iakovlev, with Kazakhstan also identified as a possible territory for the next stage of growth, However, he said, it was important to acquire local content for launches outside Russia.Iakovlev said Tvigle also planned to commission its own content for the service. Tvigle currently commissions short-form cartoons but he said that over time it could move on to half-hour episodes of shows. “What we do will depend on the speed the market develops,” he said.Iakovlev said that smart TV would play a more significant role in the development of the market than in western Europe. He said the number of connected smart devices in the Russian market had achieved “critical mass” in the fourth quarter of last year, with up to 45% of homes with smart TVs connecting them to the internet.“We have skipped a stage of set-tops and pay TV and also what helps is that providers of smart TVs are providing smaller TVs with the technology built in that can be put in other rooms in the house,” he said.Iakovlev’s comments on the relative strength of advertising based models was echoed by Angela Yakovleva, regional manager, Russia and CIS at Fox International Channels. “AVoD is working right now,” said Yakovleva, speaking at the same event. “Piracy means people are used to watching on free platforms, so the first stage is to get people on legal free platforms and then think about SVoD.”Last week, FIC announced a deal with Tvigle to bring the fourth season of The Walking Dead to the platform straight avfter it aired on Fox’s own channel.
Netia, the Globecast-owned software solutions firm specialising in delivery of audio-visual content, has appointed Eptica co-founder Thierry Gandilhon as its managing director. Gandilhon has more than than 25 years of technical experience in software development, and co-founded and was executive vice president and chief technology officer of Eptica, a provider of multichannel customer interaction software.
US satcaster Dish Network is petitioning media regulator the Federal Communications Commission to stop the Comcast’s planned takeover of pay TV rival Time Warner Cable.Dish itself it the subject of a rumoured multi-billion dollar merger with US telco AT&T, but claims its rivals would create “irreparable harm to competition and consumers” should the FCC greenlight the proposed US$45.2 billion deal.There would be three major “choke” points created by the merger, Dish argued. First of all, the enlarged groupwould be able to “impose anti-competitive data caps” on cable TV providers and OTT services such as Dish’s own platform and Netflix.This could be achieved by exempting Comcast/TWC content from the caps and restricting rival’s speeds so that consumers choose Comcast/TWC streaming products.Netflix is already locked in a heated battle with the US’s internet service providers over the speeds they provide for its popular service, claiming they “choke” streaming speeds. It is now paying for faster broadband access.Secondly, Dish sais OTT services and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) would also face having Comcast-TWC foreclose access to NBCUniversal programming in order to drive up prices.Furthermore, Dish said the merged group would be able to “coerce third-party content owners and programmers to withhold online rights from online video platforms, thereby stifling a crucial source of competition and innovation in the video industry”.“The rapid rise of broadband-powered online video services has been great for consumers,” Dish’s petition stated. “In many ways, we are in the Golden Age of video, but this Golden Age risks being cut short by the proposed transaction.”
UK service provider BT is due to stream pre-match build-up of the NBA’s Global Games London event later this week live on Facebook.BT will air the before-match basketball coverage through the BT Sport Facebook page and will feature “live appearances from many of the A-list celebrities attending the event.”The NBA Global Games London 2015 will feature a match between the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks, which will be held at The O2 Arena in London on January 15.“Fans can catch the stars dropping into ‘The BT Sport Facebook Lounge’ on their way into the arena to chat, hang-out, and play various games and challenges,” said BT.“All-star guests will ‘check in’ via Facebook to ‘The BT Sport Facebook Lounge’, and post photos on their Instagram pages hashtagging #btsport. Fans can put their questions to the guests via BT Sport’s Facebook page.”BT also has the exclusive live TV rights to the game in the UK, and will air it on its BT Sport 1 channel.
Pay TV operator Sky has secured UK rights to show clips from every Premier League game across its digital platforms and has forged an alliance with News Corp’s UK newspapers to make these available across their websites.The three-year agreement starting from the 2016-17 season will see clips from every Premier League match being made available to both mobile and online users, with packages that will include in-match content and highlights.As part of the deal, Sky Sports has entered into an exclusive distribution partnership with Rupert Murdoch’s UK publishing arm News UK that will see clips also being made available across The Sunday Times, The Times and The Sun digital services.The latest deal follows Sky’s securing of Premier League rights to the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons in February.“Sky Sports is the home of the Premier League and this will allow us to offer our customers even more content across mobile and online. The way people watch sport is changing rapidly and this agreement ensures Sky Sports will continue to offer the best coverage across TV, mobile, online and social media. However they choose to watch, our customers will have all the defining moments from the Premier League at their fingertips for years to come,” said Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis.“We are delighted to be teaming up with Sky Sports for this exclusive distribution partnership, which gives us the green light to continue bringing Premier League clips to our engaged customers for another three years,” saidMike Darcey, CEO, News UK, who served as BSkyB’s chief operating officer until 2012 when he moved take then News International CEO Tom Mockridge’s role as part of the restructuring of News Corp into separate publishing and entertainment companies.“It was a competitive process with lots of interest from across the industry, which is testament to the innovation displayed by, and intuitive marketing campaigns created by, teams at News UK since first winning the rights in 2013. This new partnership with Sky Sports will undoubtedly bring a better product to market for our customers,” said Darcey.
Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has made access to its FilmBox Extra package from SPI International free to view until March 12 as a promotional offering.The package comprises FilmBox Premium and filmBox Extra HD. Multimedia Poland says it is the only operator in the country to offer this exclusive promotional offer.Multimedia Polska will also encourage viewers to sign up for the package on a longer term basis with a promotional price of PLN6.99 (€6.42).Current content on the channels include the Polish premiere of new drama series American Crime, UK period crime drama Peaky Blinders and historical mini-series Texas Rising.
Free-to-view UK digital-terrestrial platform Freeview has revealed a range of new devices that Freeview Play, its recently-launched on-demand offering, will be available on over the coming months.Freeview Play will launch on Blaupunkt, Hisense, Sharp Aquos and devices in the coming months, adding to the list of 20 brands that already support the service.Freeview Play compatible Blaupunkt, Hisense, Sharp Aquos and Toshiba TVs will be available in 2017.Existing leading Freeview Play suppliers include Panasonic, Humax, LG and JVC.Freeview Play brings an enhanced EPG to TVs and set-top boxes, allowing viewers to access catch-up programming from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Demand 5 and UKTV Play by scrolling back through the TV guide. Additional on-demand content is also available from the Freeview Play apps page on compatible devices.“I’m delighted to welcome Blaupunkt, Hisense, Sharp and Toshiba to the Freeview Play platform. With these new manufacturers on board, Freeview Play has become the most-widely adopted catch-up TV platform in the UK, which is no mean feat in just over a year,” said Guy North, managing director of Freeview.“Freeview Play now has the content, functionality and distribution to really deliver scale in the TV market, meaning we are well on our way to achieving our ambition of making connected viewing accessible and affordable for everyone.”
US mobile operator Verizon has reportedly cut 155 employees at its streaming service Go90.According to Variety, which broke the news, the team behind Vessel will rebuild Go90, following Verizon’s acquisition of Vessel in October.“Our focus with Go90 and our Verizon digital media efforts are to fulfill our strategy of leveraging Verizon content investments, enhancing user experience and strengthening our advertising infrastructure,” said Verizon in a statement.“Fulfilling this strategy has resulted in some duplicative resources and has required organisational changes impacting 155 employees as we consolidate offices in Los Angeles, San Jose and New York.“These changes are not indicative to a change in our strategy and we remain committed to rapidly enhancing our existing online video products and delivering new products.”Ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and ex-Hulu CTO Richard Tom launched Vessel in March 2015 as a start-up after raising millions of dollars in investment. The online video service closed on October 31 after Verizon swooped to buy the technology and software that underpins it.
Video technology provider Harmonic has added new media management and scheduling capabilities to its VOS Cloud platform.The company has acquired software technology from cloud-based traffic systems provider Chyro.According to Harmonic, the new technology, which has been deployed by a US broadcaster, streamlines the process of scheduling blackouts and the replacement of ads or programing, said to be a significant hurdle that has prevented broadcasters from being competitive in the OTT environment.“A key challenge that broadcasters face today is how to prepare and distribute OTT-ready local channels to MVPDs,” said Bart Spriester, senior vice-president of video products at Harmonic.“Adding Chyro scheduling functionality to our award-winning VOS Cloud solution provides the broadcast community with an innovative approach to primary distribution – what we call ‘Distribution 2.0.’ This is a managed way for moving content, either from point A to point B or from many sources to many endpoints, over the public internet. Using the cloud as a centralized resource, broadcasters can efficiently aggregate feeds and schedules from hundreds of stations, resolve content rights and decorate the channels with signaling information critical for OTT fulfillment.”