“It is a labor of love” to help bring closure to families of those who died, said Shaharom.Sue Raftree, a British defense ministry official, said there are at least 20,000 British airmen missing worldwide during the wars. She said the government doesn’t fund expeditions to excavate for remains, but proper burials once remains are handed over to the government.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) In a somber ceremony, the eight men were remembered and honored by name as families and relatives paid their last respects. As an army bugler played, an honor guard lowered their remains in a single casket at a Commonwealth war grave in a suburb outside Kuala Lumpur.“This is the final goodbye. I am pleased that after such a long time, there is a fitting conclusion to it all,” said Geoffrey Dovey, 83. His brother William Kenneth Dovey was only 20 when he died.Buried were 63 human bones and 18 possible human bones. They were found with personal belongings of the victims that have been returned to their families, including a charm bracelet, dog tags and rings.It was the second mass military burial of its kind in Malaysia this year. The remains of nine British servicemen who died with three others in a 1950 plane crash while fighting communist insurgents in then-British-ruled Malaya were interred in the cemetery.Both planes were found largely due to the Malaya Historical Group, a nonprofit organization that has carried out many expeditions to crash sites. Both expeditions were partly funded by the Malaysian army.Shaharom Ahmad, a member of the wreck-hunting group, said it has also helped locate the crash sites of another 13 World War II aircraft, and hopes to get funds to unearth the remains of the victims. He estimated there were another 50 such crash sites that have not been explored due to the tough terrain. Top holiday drink recipes 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – The remains of eight British World War II airmen were buried Thursday with military honors in Malaysia, nearly 70 years after their plane crashed while on a mission in Southeast Asia.The eight were crew members of a Royal Air Force plane that left Cocos Island on Aug. 23, 1945, to drop supplies to British soldiers in the finals days of Japanese occupation of what was then Malaya but never returned. The plane wreckage was found in a deep jungle by tribesmen in 1991, but the remains of the airmen were not uncovered until 2009. Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix
The declining number of travel agents attending industry events has raised concern and query from Eastern Mediterranean Travel Association (EMTA) founder Dr David Beirman, who has urged agents to explain their absence from functions designed specifically for agents and their business.Hosting the EMTA annual product seminar last week in Sydney, Dr Beirman said despite the “snappy, informative and entertaining evening”, only 80 agents attended the evening out of the 130 who RSVPd.He said while there are many cases where last minute cancellations are understandable, the “no-shows” come across as ignorant and unprofessional.“Those who attended the EMTA evenings in Sydney and Melbourne had a fabulous time, learned a lot, all came away with super commissions for attendees and some came away with travel prizes,” he said in an email to e-Travel Blackboard.“However, irritating as no shows are, the bigger issue is the drop off in agents attending industry product events.”Research undertaken by one of Dr Beirman’s University of Technology Sydney (UTS) postgraduate students, also an employee for World Aviation, found this year only 100 agents attended the annual Visit USA event in Sydney, a drop from the 200-300 agents attending in Sydney and Melbourne in previous years.“Not so long ago an industry event would be filled with agents from the Jetset Travelworld Group, Harvey World, Flight Centre and other large chains,” Dr Beirman added. “Now they attend in small numbers at best. “It appears that this trend in declining attendance runs across the gamut of industry functions so I know that it is not a problem with EMTA functions or other destination evenings. “The problem and solution lies with travel agents.”Hoping to better prepare the industry on future event plans, the UTS lecturer and EMTA founder invited those travel agents “who don’t or won’t attend industry functions or who no- show to those events they register to attend to write to e-Travel Blackboard” and explain why “you either don’t go to functions or no-show if you have registered”. He added, if principals, NTOs ands STOs are indeed wasting their time and $60 per travel agent to run great functions which are free for travel agents then please let us know if they are;Wasting their time and money If so, let us know why. From my perspective as an academic, it would be excellent research. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) offered its generous support to this year’s Asian Organic Gourmet Festival, which was held from 2 to 4 October, 2015 at the Riva Surya Bangkok, on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.The three-day event highlighted healthy gourmet dishes especially prepared by outstanding Thai culinary masters – Chef Sompong Suksuwan, Chef Satawat Kunarasai, Chef Surasing Viratsakul and Chef Arnon Masalong, who worked with co-ordinating Executive Chef Apirak O-para of the Riva Surya.The festival organisers presented multiple activities including live cooking demonstrations; healthy bread baking; a farmer’s market outdoors; nutritional talks and Thai dessert classes.Organised by Riva Surya Bangkok & SilverNeedle Collection, the three-day event was designed to promote healthy living, along with Thai and Asian cooking techniques. Encouraging the development of healthy gourmet cuisine within the Thai and expat community and building support for Thai organic farming and organic produce.Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT’s Executive Director delivered the opening speech at the commencement of the Festival. In his opening remarks he said, “The Asian Organic Gourmet Festival 2015 coincides with TAT’s Discover Thainess campaign in which the promotion of Thailand’s culinary heritage plays a large part alongside the kingdom’s cultural and artistic legacy.“Healthy living also forms a core part of the Thai way of life; such as, the use of exotic herbs and spices to enrich the flavours to offer nutrition and health.”As one of the key advocates of health and organic cuisine, Riva Surya will include menus developed by the event’s guest chefs at its restaurants for the next three months. Following which, the hotel will create and promote a new organic menu on a monthly basis.Riva Surya Bangkok’s Asian Organic Gourmet Festival Dinner’s revenue was partly donated to FOOD4GOOD program – whose focus is malnutrition among under-privileged children in Thai society. Discover ThainessSource = Andrew J Wood
27Apr Representative García invites local residents to May office hours State Representative Daniela. R. García would like to invite residents of Ottawa County to her local office hours on Monday, May 1.“Being accessible is a top priority for me,” García said. “Getting input from the community helps me do a better job as their representative in Lansing.”Locations and times for Monday, May 1 are:11 a.m. to noon at Gary Byker Memorial Library, 3388 Van Buren St. in Hudsonville;1 to 2 p.m. at Howard Miller Public Library, 14 S. Church St. in Zeeland; and3 to 4 p.m. at Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave. in Holland.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansingoffice by phone at 866-908-4327 or via email at DanielaGarcia@house.mi.gov. About Representative Garcìa:State Representative Daniela R. Garcìa is a second-term lawmaker representing the 90th House District. The 90th District is in Ottawa County and includes the cities of Holland, Hudsonville and Zeeland and the townships of Holland, Zeeland and Jamestown. Categories: Garcia News
State Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth will host an open office hour on Monday, Oct. 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Northville District Library located at 212 W. Cady St. in Northville.“I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing matters of state government,” Rep. Noble said. “Listening to community members is one of my top priorities as a state representative.” No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Noble at 517-373-3816 or via email at JeffNoble@house.mi.gov. Categories: Noble News 25Sep Rep. Noble hosts in-district office hour
16May Rep. Calley spearheads plan requiring financial transparency from elected officials Bipartisan solution would expose potential conflicts of interestState Rep. Julie Calley today announced a bipartisan plan to increase the transparency and accountability of elected state officials in Michigan.Calley, of Portland, said the plan will reveal potential conflicts of interest by requiring candidates for and officeholders of the legislative, executive and judicial branches to fill out a financial disclosure form.“A lack of transparency creates distrust in government, so I can understand why many people don’t have faith in their elected leaders,” Calley said. “By shining a light on our financial interests, we will create more accountability and give the people of Michigan confidence that we are acting in their best interests.”Michigan is one of just two states without a law requiring elected officials or candidates to disclose their personal finances.Under the proposal, elected officials and candidates for state-level offices would be required to divulge sources of income; stocks, investments and real estate assets owned; business associations above certain thresholds; and any relatives registered as lobbyists. The same information would be required for the filer’s spouse and any dependent children.“This plan creates a system of accountability that will expose any potential conflicts of interest,” Calley said. “The public has a right to know if elected officials are acting in their own self-interest.”If enacted, the disclosure rules would apply to candidates and legislators in the state House and Senate, the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, circuit court judges, court of appeals judges, state board of education members and elected state university board members.### Categories: Calley News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 3, 2014; Today (Singapore)The Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s 300 wealthiest individuals, counts the net worth of the world’s top billionaires at US$3.7 trillion at the end of 2013, a gain of $524 billion from last year, and—what great news!—“The rich will keeping getting richer in 2014,” according to John Catsimatidis, the billionaire founder of real estate and energy conglomerate Red Apple Group. “Interest rates will remain low, equity markets will keep rising and the economy will grow at less than 2 percent.” Bill Gates is the poster child for this accumulation of riches with $78.6 billion, an increase of $15.8B.Meanwhile, according to CNBC, Home Depot’s Ken Langone, who is Catholic and a billionaire, would appreciate if the Pope would be more circumspect on the subject of “unfettered capitalism.” As NPQ reported yesterday, this was the theme of his New Year address. But Langone recently met with Cardinal Timothy Dolan to talk over his concerns, telling the cardinal that if the pope persists in dinging the “culture of prosperity” that he says perpetuates indifference to the poor, it could make devout Catholics turn away from their goodhearted charity. Langone topped the whole concoction by sharing his belief that Pope Francis’ opinions could leave rich Catholics “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”I will leave readers to write a concluding paragraph for this newswire, if only silently.—Ruth McCambridgeThis Newswire has been updated ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share12Tweet8Share6Email26 Shares“#resist” by Charlene McBrideJune 22, 2017; ABC NewsBefore we go into the next steps on the Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill from the Senate, we want to point out that disability advocates were the only obvious protestors on Capitol Hill yesterday despite the heinous potential effects of the legislation on millions of vulnerable people. It strikes us that the arcane, multi-phase process and the uncertainty of the outcome in contrast to the quick shock of a flatfooted presidential decree may have slowed the “resistance.” Nonprofit organizations with healthcare missions, as well as nonprofits concerned about social justice, have a limited but intense opportunity to make their voices heard.In companion pieces published today, NPQ discussed the key elements and reactions to the Senate GOP’s version of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). For those interested in the technical details of legislative process on Capitol Hill as they affect the potential repeal, replacement, or modification of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we explore the next steps in the saga.Both the House’s AHCA and the Senate’s “Better Choice Reconciliation Act of 2017” (BCRA) are intended to be components of a much larger process called budget reconciliation. One budget reconciliation bill is passed annually, including any number of government revenue and expense provisions intended to reconcile provisions and estimates included in other legislation passed during the year. The votes on the AHCA and the BCRA are votes on whether the bills’ language should be included in the annual budget reconciliation act.Putting some version of the AHCA or the BCRA into budget reconciliation is important because it makes the bill filibuster-proof in the Senate. Why? Under Senate rules, budget reconciliation bills are an exception to the rule that 60 votes are required to end debate on legislation and allow for an up-or-down vote. The explanation for this lies in the theory that budget reconciliation is a technical and financial process rather than a policy-setting process. Of course, a budget is the monetary expression of an individual’s or organization’s values and priorities, so the reconciliation process definitely affects policy. Budget reconciliation was used by Democrats to pass the key financial elements of the ACA by a single vote (and no GOP support) in 2010, and it’s now being used in an attempt to repeal or replace key provisions of that law with no anticipated Democratic support.The BCRA will be moved to the Senate floor for an estimated 20 hours of debate and final vote as soon as next week. By then, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will have performed its evaluation of the bill and “scored” the budgetary and other effects of the bill, should it ultimately become law. The bill will be open to a large number of amendments, and the spectacle of “vote-a-rama” will grip Senate-watchers “until a state of exhaustion sets in” for senators, according to one official quoted by ABC. Many estimates of the number of amendments range from 50 to 100 (though one activist advocates for 40,000 amendments), which would delay a final Senate vote on the BCRA (or anything else, for that matter) until after the 2018 elections.The final amendment in budget reconciliation is called a “wraparound amendment” and is the exclusive prerogative of the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY). This amendment gives McConnell great power and discretion to craft the final version of the bill being voted on. It also gives him the opportunity to use the amendment to reward or punish specific senators and their interests. This means that McConnell will be beset by his colleagues, lobbyists, and interest groups potentially affected by the bill to include their favored changes in the legislation.To pass, the bill still requires a minimum of 50 senators voting in the affirmative, plus Vice President Mike Pence waiting in the wings to cast the deciding vote breaking a 50-50 tie. As NPQ notes in a newswire today, the “whip count” of how a vote would turn out is very dicey at present. Four of 52 GOP senators have announced they are not ready to vote for the bill, and two Democratic senators have said they are willing to participate in the amendment process in a constructive (as opposed to obstructionist) way. Even if the BCRA passes the Senate, its toughest tests are ahead of it.Since there are differences between the House-passed AHCA and the Senate’s BCRA, those differences would have to be negotiated in a conference committee of House and Senate members. Assuming a compromise is reached, that compromise would need to be passed by both the House and the Senate – a daunting task considering the delicate balancing done already to keep GOP conservatives and moderates on board with either (but not both) of the two versions so far.President Trump has not yet signaled support or opposition to the BCRA. On Tuesday, he referred to the ACHA as “mean” and said the Senate should make the health care legislation “generous, kind, (and) with heart.” Typically, legislators and presidents often withhold their support or opposition while legislation is still being drafted and amended. This keeps them from being surprised by amendments they oppose to bills they support (or vice versa). It also allows them to choose the time when their support or opposition has the most impact and be most advantageous to their political interests. While it is expected that Trump will support any “repeal and replace” legislation, the possibility exists that the Senate GOP will fail to get the required 50 votes for passage. If passage appears unlikely, Trump may withhold support and blame Congress for its failure rather than share in that Republican failure.Some pundits believe that McConnell is engineering the process in such a way that the ACA repeal-and-replace effort will ultimately fail in such a way as to leave Senate Republicans with the lesser share of the blame. This school of thought relies on the belief that the BCRA will be influenced by Senate GOP moderates to a point where its key provisions are rejected by House conservatives whose extremism could them be blamed for much of the failure.Again, nonprofit organizations have a limited, but intense, opportunity to make their voices heard. They need to make the case for legislation that helps people rather than harms them, that increases security rather than intensifies uncertainty.—Michael WylandShare12Tweet8Share6Email26 Shares
Share9Tweet2ShareEmail11 Shares January 28, 2019; Associated PressLast year, the state of Georgia endured an intense and hard-fought gubernatorial race between Brian Kemp, former Georgia Secretary of State, and Stacey Abrams, former House Minority Leader and the first Black woman to become a major party’s nominee for governor in the US. The election ended with Kemp becoming governor, but not because Abrams didn’t put up a fight. Her campaign brought attention to an issue that many mistakenly had thought was resolved—voter suppression.As NPQ reported, “Stacey Abrams is emerging from the Georgia governor’s race with a strong reputation and a promise to fight for voter rights.” Abrams has launched a new nonprofit, Fair Fight Georgia, a political action committee which will “pursue accountability in Georgia’s elections and integrity in the process of maintaining our voting rolls.” Its first action was to file suit against the state of Georgia to challenge the legitimacy of the 2018 midterm election and protect against such future actions. The lawsuit alleges that Kemp “grossly mismanaged” the election by failing to provide enough voting machines, ensure that they were functioning correctly and advise local election officials to prepare for high turnout. It seeks major reforms and asks that Georgia be required to get a federal judge’s approval before enacting any voting rules to ensure that changes wouldn’t disenfranchise people of color—basically restoring the “preclearance” rules that had existed prior to the US Supreme Court’s action to vitiate the Voting Rights Act in 2013 in Shelby County v. Holder.Last Monday, Georgia election officials asked a judge to toss out the lawsuit, stating that the lawsuit fails to present valid claims and that “state officials are not responsible for any of the harm alleged and are immune from such suits.” The state lawyers wrote, “Their candidate having lost the election, Plaintiffs now seek to litigate the consequences of the 2018 election not in the elected branches of state government, but in this federal court. Put simply, Plaintiffs seek to enact their preferred policies not through state government or the legislature, but through the federal judiciary.”The state lawyers argue that the organizations fail to provide any specific examples of harm done to themselves and therefore do not have the standing to make said claims. They also argue that state election officials are improperly named in the suit although problems at the polls are typically handled by county election officials.The state lawyers counter that the lawsuit aims to advance Fair Fight Georgia’s platform, stating that, “Plaintiffs announced their lawsuit with great fanfare and have utilized its existence as a way to advance their organizational interests in the press.” For their part, Fair Fight Georgia and Stacey Abrams claim a greater mission: to end voter suppression and ensure a “fair fight” regardless of race or class. As Truthout’s Greg Palast stated, “Yes, Abrams is the first African American woman nominated for governor by the Democratic Party. More revolutionary is that she is the first Democratic candidate to demand an end to racist ethnic cleansing of the voter rolls.”Let’s hope that the judicial system sees the injustices presented in the lawsuit, even if the state lawyers do not.—Diandria BarberShare9Tweet2ShareEmail11 Shares
Dutch sports channel Sport1 has secured broadcasting rights for the Spanish Primera División football league, which will be broadcast exclusively on the channel for the next three seasons. The broadcasting rights include live games and edited highlights for television and online.Sport1 will broadcast at least four games from the Spanish competition live in HD each week.Will Moerer, Sport1 general manager, said: “In addition to the English Premier League, our subscribers really enjoy the Spanish competition. It goes without saying that we are really pleased that we can continue to broadcast the Real Madrid and FC Barcelona games each week. Our subscribers are now assured that the contracts with the English Premier League, the French Ligue1 and the Belgian Jupiler League will continue, as well as that with the UEFA Champions League.”Last week, Sport1 announced that it would continue to broadcast the UEFA Champions League for the next three seasons.
Ono ended 2011 with 8,000 TiVo customers, the Spanish cable operator said during a results presentation.Ono began rolling out its TiVo platform in October 2011 and by the end of the year it was available to customers in Barcelona and Madrid. It has since launched in Valencia, Santander and Murcia. “Although to date this product has only been launched on a limited basis, we believe there are early signs of positive market acceptance,” the company said in a statement.By the end of 2011, the Spanish cable operator provided over 4.4 million services to more than 1.9 million residential customers and over than 89,000 SMEs.The number of TV customers declined during the 12 months to 923,000 from 953,000 a year earlier, with Ono blaming the macroeconomic environment in Spain for the losses. Ono’s broadband base increased to 1.43 million subs, up from 1.38 million. Over 424,000 customers subscribed to Ono’s high-speed internet packages of 30, 50 or 100 Mbps, which represented approximately 30% of its broadband customer base.For the year ended 31 December 2011, Ono generated revenues of €1,485 billion, up 1% year-on-year, and EBITDA of €748 million, up 3.2%.
Broadcast services provider ECS has signed a deal to deliver to deliver the OH TV network throughout Africa.ECS collects the OH TV signal at a London point of presence, sends it by fibre to the uplink station and uplinks the signal to the Spacecom’s Amos-5 pan-African satellite.OH TV is a London-based TV network providing contemporary entertainment that reflects the black experience worldwide.“We are proud to extend our agreements with OH TV and enlarge their viewing audience to every corner of Africa,” said ECS CEO EranAvni. “ECS offers cost effective solution for broadcasters from the UK and Europe seeking distribution for their content over Africa. Our turnkey operation is opening a huge market for UK and European broadcasters enabling to reach a tremendous viewership with their content.”
French media and telecoms giant Vivendi is launching a study into whether to split the business in two – separating off telecoms group SFR from a new international media group.Vivendi said that the demerger “would create significant value to shareholders” as they would be able to invest in two clearly differentiated businesses, operating in different sectors.To prepare for the potential split, Vivendi’s chairman of the board Jean-René Fourtou proposed that the firm appoint Vincent Bolloré as vice chairman of the board.Bolloré was co-opted as a board member in December following the acquisition of channels Direct 8 and Direct Star by Vivendi-owned Canal Plus.“The final decision regarding this demerger could be taken at the beginning of next year and submitted to the 2014 Shareholders’ Meeting,” Vivendi said in a statement.The firm said that it was considering establishing a new media group, that would be based in France and contain its international music, internet and pay-TV assets – including Canal+ Group and Universal Music.“At a time when the increasing number of platforms and global distribution generate strong content demand, the group is aiming to develop in media on the basis of several growth activities,” said Vivendi.It said that under the revised structure, SFR would gain greater freedom in terms of strategy and developing partnerships.“It would fully benefit from improved performance thanks to its wide ranging management transformation, as well as a revitalised business sector boosted by the explosion in usage of very high speed fixed and mobile Internet and connectivity,” said Vivendi.The news comes after Vivendi said in July that it had entered into exclusive negotiations with UAE telco Etisalat for the sale of its majority stake in Maroc Telecom.
Danish cable operator Stofa is to launch a 4G mobile offering in partnership with telco TDC.The company will also make its TV services available via the mobile services. Customers that take TV, broadband and mobile services from the operator will benefit from a discounted bundled offering.The mobile service will be offered over TDC’s network. The latter aims to have 4G coverage of 90% of Danish homes by the end of this year.
US pay TV operator Dish Network has struck what is being described as a landmark deal with Disney that will it see it make Disney content available to multiple devices without the need for a standard pay TV subscription for the first time. Under the deal, for the first time, Dish customers will be able to access Disney’s authenticated live and video-on-demand products, including Watch ESPN, Watch Disney, Watch ABC Family and Watch ABC using Internet devices in the home and on the go.The deal gives DISH customers access to video-on-demand content at home, on computers and through the Dish Anywhere app for tablets and smartphones, including ABC On Demand, ABC Family On Demand, Disney’s various on-demand offerings and an expanded ESPN service.The deal makes Dish the first operator to secure rights to Carry Disney, ABC and ESPN Networks for an over-the-top, personal subscription service.The agreement will result in dismissal of all pending litigation between the two companies.“The creation of this agreement has really been about predicting the future of television with a visionary and forward-leaning partner,” said Joseph Clayton, Dish CEO and president.“Not only will the exceptional Disney, ABC, ESPN entertainment portfolio continue to delight our customers today, but we have a model from which to deliver exciting new services tomorrow.”“We knew early on we had a responsibility with this deal to not only do what was best for our business, but to also position our industry for future growth,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.“After months of hard work and out-of-the box thinking on both sides, led by Bob Iger and Charlie Ergen, this agreement, one of the most complex and comprehensive we’ve ever undertaken, achieves just that. Not only were innovative business solutions reached on complicated current issues, we also planned for the evolution of our industry.”
Red Bull-owned channel Servus TV will continue to operate, despite the announcement earlier this week that that the Austrian net was closing.The channel is loss-making, but the closure was, according to local press, driven by channel founder Dietrich Mateschitz’s disgruntlement at staff plans to form a work council.The decision has now been reversed and the channel given a reprieve.Local sources said Servus is known for compensating staff generously, which was the source of Mateschitz’s ire at the decision to create a representative body.Wals-Siezenheim-based Servus launched seven years ago after Red Bull had rebranded Salzburg TV, which it had acquired the shares in 2007 after a bankruptcy proceeding. It was available in Austria and some German cities, including Berlin.
ProSiebenSat.1 could launch one or more new thematic channels in partnership with Scripps Networks Interactive, building on the big programming deal it struck with the US channel provider earlier this year.Under the deal struck between the pair in February, Scripps is supplying 1,200 hours of programming to the German broadcaster’s channels.Speaking to analysts after ProSiebenSat.1 announced its latest quarterly results at the end of last week, CEO Thomas Ebeling said that launching new channels in partnerships with Scripps was “one opportunity” that the German broadcaster was considering.ProSiebenSat.1’s existing deal with Scripps covers factual, factual-entertainment and lifestyle programming from the US programmer, to air on branded blocks on the sixx, ProSieben Maxx and Kabel Eins Doku networks. The blocks are badged with Scripps’ channel brands including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network and Travel Channel, and the agreement covers the linear rights as well those for online.Ebeling said that ProSiebenSat.1 could possibly evolve the partnership depending on how the blocks perform. He said that this could “possibly lead into a new channel”.“I’m cautiously optimistic that the [branded blocks] are performing well, so we might conclude it would make sense to launch one new channel next year,” he said.However, said Ebeling, it was still “premature” to talk about a specific plan to launch further thematic channels. He said ProSiebenSat.1 would provide an update about any plans to launch new channels at its capital market day.Discovery announced at the start of last week that it had agreed to acquire Scripps for US$14.6 billion. In May, ProSiebenSat.1 also signed a deal with the factual giant to create a combined streaming service, to which both ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery would contribute channels.Separately, Ebeling told analysts that he did not believe Netflix would be a major threat to ProSiebenSat.1’s share of the audience in Germany. He said that the appetite for US shows in Germany was limited and that in any case most viewing of popular shows such as The Big Bang Theory was linear rather than on-demand. He said that one thing ProSiebenSat.1 was clearly missing, however, was local scripted shows that aired daily.
Roku is launching two new streaming players in the UK later this month – the Roku Express and the Roku Streaming Stick+. The Roku Express will retail for £29.99 in the UK and is the “most affordable streaming player” it has rolled out to date in the country.The Roku Streaming Stick+ is Roku’s first streaming stick that is capable of streaming HD, 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content at up to 60 frames-per second. It will retail for £79.99.“The Roku Express is one of our most popular streaming players and we are excited to bring it to the UK. It is a great starting point for first time streamers or for people looking to extend the Roku experience to other TVs,” said Chas Smith, general manager of Roku TVs and players.“Consumers will love our new sleek Roku Streaming Stick+ with an innovative advanced wireless receiver that gives up to four times the wireless range and a remote that controls TV volume and power. At £79.99, it makes HD, 4K and HDR streaming simple.”The news comes a week after Roku unveiled five new streaming players for the US market – the second-generation Roku Express and Roku Express+, a new Roku Streaming Stick and Roku Streaming Stick+, and a new Roku Ultra.The two new UK devices will be available online starting from October 19 and are expected to arrive in stores towards the end of October.
Nordic streaming and TV everywhere provider, Canal Digital, has renewed its partnership with over-the-top (OTT) cloud technology provider Xstream.The deal will allow Canal Digital to further grow its own and parent company Telenor’s customer base across the Nordic markets.“For many years, Canal Digital has enjoyed a strong business relationship with Xstream and its OTT enabling technologies have been the platform behind our streaming services,” said Henke Erichsen, CIO and CTO at Canal Digital.“With more and more viewers preferring to watch content anytime, anywhere and at any device, the video-on-demand (VOD) market is enjoying continuous success across the Nordic’s and the time is now right to scale-up our subscriber base using Xstream’s MediaMaker platform.”Xstream’s chief executive officer, Michael Rasmussen, said: “Canal Digital is focused on growth and our two companies will continue to combine our expertise to ensure customers have the best viewing experience at all times and on any device.”
NewsWatchTop Stories Starbucks to phase out single-use plastic straws for sippy cups By Daniella HankeyJul 10, 2018, 04:43 am 368 0 This move comes on the heels of eco-friendly initiatives made by other companies including McDonalds and Alaska Airlines, who announced their own plans to eliminate avoidable plastic waste. (ABC NEWS)- Attention all iced coffee, shaken tea and other cold drink lovers — soon those icy beverages may come in containers that don’t use straws, if they come from Starbucks. The company announced Monday that it will phase out single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020, as part of it’s commitment towards more sustainable solutions.“Starbucks, the largest food and beverage retailer to make such a global commitment, anticipates the move will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year from Starbucks stores,” the company said in a statement. Tumblr Facebook Next PostFeds launch 2 investigations into deadly weekend helicopter crashes Google+ The company will be making “a strawless lid or alternative-material straw options available,” the statement said.The new strawless lid, which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages, is already available in more than 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada.Straws made from alternative materials, including paper or compostable plastic, will also be available for Frappuccino blended beverages and for customers who prefer or need a straw.“For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer for Starbucks.The World Wildlife Fund is also working with the coffee giant on waste reduction initiatives.“Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species,” said Erin Simon, director of sustainability research and development and material science at WWF, U.S. “As we partner with Starbucks in waste reduction initiatives … we hope others will follow in their footsteps.” Other companies and consumers are following the trend towards becoming more environmentally conscious. Stainless steel and paper straws have become hot new items for drinking cool beverages. Linkedin Pinterest Twitter Mail Previous PostGal Gadot makes surprise visit to children’s hospital in full Wonder Woman costume Home NewsWatch Starbucks to phase out single-use plastic straws for sippy cups Daniella Hankey