Sunwings 20192020 Cruise Brochure out now with savings of up to 200

first_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, May 31, 2019 Sunwing’s 2019/2020 Cruise Brochure out now with savings of up to $200 per couplecenter_img Posted by TORONTO — Hot off the press is Sunwing’s new 2019/2020 Cruise Brochure, available now at travel agencies across Canada and online at sunwing.ca.Featured in the brochure are three leading cruise lines: MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Marella Cruises. Travellers can take advantage of roundtrip flights on Sunwing Airlines from Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Moncton or Halifax, as well as pier transfers, accommodations, meals onboard and more.Plus, from now until June 7, travellers can save up to $200 per couple on all Sunwing cruise packages for travel between Dec. 17, 2019 and April 14, 2020.Vacationers can choose from two different ships with Norwegian Cruise line: Norwegian Escape and, new for this season, the Norwegian Encore, which will set sail from Miami later this year and features a water slide and the largest multi-level racetrack at sea. On Encore’s Eastern Caribbean itinerary, guests will visit Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterMSC Cruises, meanwhile, offers three different ships to choose from, including the MSC Meraviglia, which is new to Sunwing’s 2019/2020 lineup. With sailings from Miami starting Dec. 22, 2019, the Meraviglia boasts a number of world class amenities, including a water park and Cirque du Soleil shows. Several itineraries are available with unique ports of call like Belize, Honduras and MSC’s new private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas.Sunwing is also welcoming back several MSC favourites this year, including the MSC Armonia and the MSC Seaside, both of which feature a splash park, the MSC Aurea Spa and fun-filled kids clubs. Plus, Sunwing guests can enjoy the Easy Drink beverage package with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks included complimentary in their cruise package.Finally, Sunwing welcomes back the popular all-inclusive Marella Discovery 2, with sailings from Montego Bay starting Dec. 17, 2019. These voyages include a complimentary beverage package and daily gratuities, and feature a wide selection of restaurants and amenities such as an open-air cinema, mini-golf and rock climbing wall. Cruise itineraries on the Marella Discovery2 include ports of call like Guatemala, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, to name a few.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAll Sunwing cruise packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. Tags: Cruise, Sunwinglast_img read more

With great fanfare Pyongyang opens new airport terminal

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Comments   Share   It is rare for North Korean media to mention any problems in the country, but under Kim Jong Un there have been other occasions where his criticisms have been published.Photos of his visit to the new terminal were prominently featured in the North’s media last week. Judging from his broad smile in those photos, whatever defects he had previously pointed out were fixed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. However, the airport is likely to appear largely empty. Just a handful of international flights come and go from Pyongyang every week, although since last year the frequency has increased. Only two airlines have scheduled flights to Pyongyang — North Korea’s flag carrier, Air Koryo, and Air China.The new international terminal building is roughly the same size as the old one which was long in service. But it is much bigger than the small, temporary terminal building that has been in use for the past few years while construction was going on.In recent years, the regular international connections from Pyongyang have been Beijing and Shenyang in China, along with Vladivostok in Russia. Air Koryo occasionally flies further afield, for example to Malaysia and Kuwait, but those are not regular flights.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had shown a keen interest in the construction of the new airport facilities and North Korean state media reported him making inspection visits to the project four times in the past two years.On one occasion last year, North Korean state media reported that Kim Jong Un criticized the construction of the new airport terminal building, highlighting “defects.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea opened a new terminal building at Pyongyang’s international airport on Wednesday, underscoring an effort to attract more tourists and to spruce up the country ahead of a celebration of a major anniversary of the founding of its ruling party in October.North Korean Premier Pak Pong Ju officiated at the opening ceremony, which marks the completion of years of work at Pyongyang’s main Sunan airport. Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

Related 10 of the worlds most dangerous volcanoes

first_img Related10 of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes: in picturesTen totally stunning photos of a selection of the world’s most awesome, and most dangerous volcanoes.Top 10 things to do in Costa Rica: In picturesFrom active volcanoes to tropical rainforests – explore one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world.Top ten things to do before you dieTop ten things to do before you die Blasting billions of tons of ash and lava 10,000ft into the atmosphere, Iceland’s unpronounceable volcano – Eyjafjallajökull – wreaked havoc on European airspace, grounding thousands of flights for over five days.But now planes have returned to our skies – ironically one of the first flights was to Reykjavik – where are the best places for lava lovers to see volcanoes up close?Skyscanner brings you the top ten destinations for volcano voyeurs.Stromboli, ItalyKnown as the ‘Lighthouse of the Mediterranean’ due to its spectacular night time explosions, this Aeolian Island has been attracting global lava lovers for years. Stromboli is almost unique in that it has been active since records began. The eruptions are so regular that the word Stromboli is now used to mean ‘small explosion’ and its shape means you can get remarkably close to the action –just 200m above the active crater! Find cheap flights to ItalyKilauea, HawaiiKilauea on the Hawaii’s Big Island claims the title of the world’s most active volcano – so a visit here is likely not to disappoint. You’ll need to take a boat ride to see one of its most spectacular sights – red hot lava oozing into the ocean which causes the sea to boil and vaporise into white plumes of steam. Find cheap flights to HawaiiEtna, Sicily, ItalyThis fiery Italian mountain boasts the title of being Europe’s most active volcano. In a state of almost constant activity, it last erupted as recently as this month (April 2010!). Take a 4-wheel drive excursion to explore Etna’s lava fields, volcanic caves and tunnels, and eruptive fissures, but don’t get too close! Find cheap flights to ItalyTeide, Tenerife, SpainIf you prefer your volcanoes a little less active, a visit to Mount Teide is a safer option. Part of the Teide National Park, it hasn’t erupted since 1909. At 3718m tall, it’s the highest peak in Spain and easily visible from flights to Tenerife. Take the Mount Teide cable car to the summit to enjoy the view, but don’t forget to apply for a permit first. Find cheap flights to TenerifeMt Ruapehu, New ZealandPart of the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’ it’s no wonder that New Zealand is home to many active volcanoes. Mount Ruapehu is the country’s highest and one of the world’s most active having last blown its top in 1996. In winter its slopes become the North Island’s largest ski areas offering snow sports at Turoa and the interestingly named Whakapapa resorts. Find cheap flights to New Zealand**Mount Fuji, Japan**The almost perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone of Mount Fuji is a potent symbol of Japan. Climbing all 3776m of it is popular during the summer months, when hikers take to the trails of volcanic cinder to enjoy an almost lunar landscape and spectacular views from the peak. Though still classed as active, Fuji hasn’t erupted since 1708, so the threat of being consumed by hot magma is thankfully fairly low. Find cheap flights to TokyoCotopaxi, Ecuador The ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ in the Andes Mountains includes Cotopaxi volcano which, at almost 6000 metres, is the world’s highest active volcano. Even if Cotopaxi doesn’t blow during your visit, her picture perfect cone surrounded by pristine forests, lakes and wild horses should offer ample compensation. Find cheap flights to EcuadorSierra Negra, GalapagosOne of the largest volcanoes in the Galapagos Archipelago, Sierra Negra last went off in 2005. As one of the most active volcanic areas in the world, the Galapagos Islands are considered perfect for volcano watching – so far there have been more than 50 eruptions in the last 200 years. Find cheap flights to EcuadorYellowstone Supervolcano, Wyoming, USAAlthough Yellowstone’s last eruption happened nearly 640,000 years ago, the area is a hydrothermal hotspot; visitors flock to see the Geysers spurting hot water and the many mud pots and hot pools. If Yellowstone’s super volcano did erupt again, volcanologists say it would have devastating consequences for much of the US and Canada. Experts predict that this won’t happen for another 90,000 years; let’s hope they’re right. Find cheap flights to USA**Montserrat, West Indies**In 1995 the Soufrière Hills volcano erupted, burying and burning the former capital of Plymouth to such an extent that they had to relocate the government permanently. Ash continues to fall to this day making much of the area off limits, but some parts of the exclusion zone are now open for guided tours allowing visitors to see the half-buried houses. The volcano itself is best viewed from Jack Boy Hill from where you can watch its angry red glow after dark. Find cheap flights to MontserratReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

NEW YORK — The wife of the artist Peter Max has di

first_img NEW YORK — The wife of the artist Peter Max has died in a suspected suicide amid a family fight over her husband’s work.New York City Police say Mary Max was found dead Sunday in her apartment. She was 52.Her attorney, John Markham, says in the hours before she died, Max left a lengthy voice mail with a friend in London, saying last goodbyes to loved ones.The New York Times recently published a story detailing legal battles over the work of Peter Max, a prolific creator of art now living with dementia at age 81.Some family members claimed Peter Max was being mistreated and asked to sign his name on work created by others.Mary Max also was accused of being abusive toward her husband — allegations she denied.Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Artist Peter Max’s wife found dead in a suspected suicide by Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2019 1:54 pm PDT FILE – In this June 14, 2017, file photo, artist Peter Max acknowledges applause during the unveiling of the theme art he created for the 2017 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Authorities say Mary Max, 53, the wife of the artist Peter Max, was found dead Sunday, June 9, 2019, in New York, of a suspected suicide amid a family fight over her husband’s work. Her death comes two weeks after The New York Times published a story detailing legal battles over the work of Peter Max, a prolific creator of colorful, psychedelic art who is now living with dementia at age 81. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) last_img read more

Rep Tedder participates in the 4th Annual Legislative Polar Plunge for Special

first_img Temperatures dipped back down into the teens just in time for the 4th Annual Legislative Polar Plunge when state Rep. Jim Tedder and more than a dozen other legislators jumped into a swimming pool of frigid water on the Capitol lawn to support the Special Olympics.The pool they jumped into was transported to the Capitol by Special Olympics Michigan ahead of the event.“The water was freezing but it was worth it to be able to support an organization that acts as a champion for respect and dignity to those with disabilities,” said Rep. Tedder, R-Clarkston. “Special Olympics in Michigan brings year-round sports and athletic competition to over 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and I am honored to play a small part in supporting them by taking the plunge.”All donations received from the Legislative Polar Plunge go directly to Special Olympics Michigan to help support their activities.Polar Plunges take place all over the country in cold weather and is well-known for the colorful costumes and shivering swimmers they produce. Categories: Tedder News,Tedder Photos 05Mar Rep. Tedder participates in the 4th Annual Legislative Polar Plunge for Special Olympicslast_img read more

Rep Marino announces Rep for a Day summer reading contest

first_img29Jun Rep. Marino announces ‘Rep for a Day’ summer reading contest State Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) is kicking off his ‘Rep for a Day’ summer reading contest for local elementary school students. The winner will have the opportunity to serve as an honorary state representative at the Capitol for a day. Rep. Marino hopes to encourage students to utilize their summer breaks to improve reading skills and develop a passion for reading.“By using down time during summer vacation to read, students significantly grow their reading abilities,” Marino said. “This annual contest is about fostering a healthy habit for our younger generation that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”Students in grades one through five who reside in the 24th House District are eligible to participate. The 24th House District encompasses Harrison Township, and parts of Clinton and Macomb townships.Participants will track their reading on special bookmarks provided to local libraries. Contest bookmarks are available to download and print on www.RepMarino.com and available throughout the summer at the following participating libraries:Harrison Township Public Library, 38255  Lanse Creuse St. in Harrison Township; andClinton-Macomb Public Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township.Students can drop off completed bookmarks in boxes provided at local libraries before Sept. 1. There is no limit to the amount of bookmarks that can be submitted, as long as each bookmark is completed.Rep. Marino will draw from the boxes to determine the winner, who will be invited to the Capitol with their family to act as Rep. for a Day.For questions regarding the contest, please contact Rep. Marino at (517) 373-0113 or by email at SteveMarino@house.mi.gov. Categories: Marino Newslast_img read more

Obama Warns Uganda on Gay Rights

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 17, 2014; New York TimesUganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is said to be about to approve a bill, already approved by the African nation’s parliament, that will severely impact the the rights of gays in Uganda. He is about to follow the same path as his fellow African head of state in Nigeria and condemn gays in Uganda to possible imprisonment.It appears that President Museveni has been waiting for further advice before he gives assent to the bill that will outlaw active homosexuals and anybody who speaks on their behalf. Unfortunately, some of the advice he has been given may be of dubious character. He has said that he will only pass the bill if he is convinced that homosexuals are “made” not born. However, earlier press reports from Uganda say a group of Ugandan scientists have concluded that homosexuality can be cured and that it is not innate.These moves toward criminalization of the “promotion or recognition” of homosexuality have caused no little concern around the globe. On the 10th of February, Kenyans protested in front of the Ugandan High Commission in Nairobi, and this past Sunday, President Barack Obama averred that “enacting this legislation will complicate [the U.S.’s] valued relationship with Uganda.” Susan E. Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, said that she had spoken extensively to the Ugandan president and exhorted him not to sign the bill. In one of a series of posts to Twitter, she described the result as “a step backward for Uganda and the world.”Frank Mugisha, an Ugandan gay activist currently waiting nervously in London for President Museveni’s decision, has noted that along with suspect medical advice, Ugandans may be listening to religious zealots. His organization, Sexual Minorities Uganda, is suing American evangelist Scott Lively for waging a campaign against homosexuality in Uganda.However, Mugisha suggests that the Ugandan president might not listen to pressure, and that sanctions would only hurt other Ugandans. “Don’t cut aid, don’t tell the [Ugandan] government what to do but have a proper dialogue. We don’t want multinationals to leave Uganda. If Coca-Cola leaves or KLM doesn’t fly in any more, it’s Ugandans who will suffer,” he said.—John GodfreyShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Cities Must Help Lead Climate Change Mitigation—With or Without Federal Support

first_imgShare7Tweet11Share13Email31 SharesDecember 3, 2016; VoxAmid well-founded fears that the federal government will soon dial back support for green energy and sustainability initiatives, city and state governments may be taking an increasingly important role in the fight against climate change. In fact, writes David Roberts for Vox, city governments are crucial actors in carbon reduction, regardless of which party controls the White House.Cities are responsible for most of the world’s energy useRoberts cites a 2014 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which found that urban areas account for more than half of the world’s energy use and about 75 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Over half of the world’s people live in urban areas, and the WHO predicts that urbanization will continue to rise rapidly through the next several decades, even in less-developed countries. As a result, urban areas will become increasingly responsible for CO2 emissions—and they’ll likely be the first to feel the effects of climate change. They’ll also be the areas with the greatest opportunities for de-carbonization.Because urban centers hold so much of the world’s vehicles, buildings, electrical grids, roads, et cetera, Roger writes, fixes to urban planning and infrastructure can make a huge impact on greenhouse gas emissions.A study from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change shows that infrastructure and city planning differences could, if implemented as urbanization occurs, “result in differences in urban transport and residential [greenhouse gas] emissions by a factor of ten.” The authors of the study write that “urban climate solutions should be structured along infrastructures”—both through greener new development and through replacing and repairing old infrastructure.Because road systems and land-use zoning are so slow to change, the stakes are high with new infrastructure: If greener systems are put into place, they’re likely to stay in place. Better urban planning and new transport structures—i.e., improvements made only to new infrastructure, the majority of which will be built in Africa and Asia in coming years—could reduce future energy use of global cities by “about 25 percent relative to business as usual,” according to the Mercator study.Major cities are creating a pathway to major CO2 reductionsIn terms of the total reductions necessary to limit rising global temperatures to the trajectory agreed to in the Paris Agreement, urban carbon emissions will need to stay relatively low in developing cities—and will need to drop drastically in developed nations, such as in the U.S. Roberts notes that the world’s biggest cities are already working together to meet global climate change targets.C40, a climate change coalition of 86 of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities, recently identified their members’ share of the remaining global carbon budgets to 2100. These budgets plan emissions trajectories in step with the Paris goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. A partner report on the 12 American C40 cities shows pathways for these cities to create about 7 percent of the carbon reduction planned by all C40 cities. If all U.S. cities (defined in the report as cities with over 100,000 residents) follow suit, the resulting savings could account for 6 percent of total carbon reduction required by the Paris Agreement.Small cities matter, tooThe work of reducing carbon emissions on a large scale will not be easy, especially for smaller urban areas. Another IPCC report states that worldwide urban growth is most rapid in cities with 500,000 residents or fewer but that these cities are often less efficient than larger cities due to smaller infrastructure budgets and limited government capacity. Smaller cities are nevertheless increasingly finding reason to support carbon reduction at the local level.Jeff Biggers of the University of Iowa, writing for the New York Times, recently posited that the very nature of urban life makes climate change a public health crisis for cities, even smaller cities. People living in close quarters suffer from higher heat levels in the summer; coastal cities are experiencing flooding and unpredictable weather, and agricultural disruptions threaten food security. Biggers writes, “It is obvious that city planners, mayors and governors have had to re-envision how their cities generate energy and provide food and transportation.” Mayor Michael Bloomberg put it a bit more bluntly in another post-election editorial:Cities, businesses and citizens will continue reducing emissions, because they have concluded…that doing so is in their own self-interest.Since November 8th, much has been written on president-elect Donald Trump’s plans to cut clean energy spending, his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, his relationships with climate-denying advisors, and his recent chat with Al Gore. Concerned citizens, activists and nonprofits may be realizing that now and over the long-term, there’s plenty to accomplish at the local level—and plenty of municipalities willing to help with or without support from the U.S. federal government.—Lauren KarchShare7Tweet11Share13Email31 Shareslast_img read more

In the Midst of Cholera and Conflict UN Suspends Vaccination Program

first_imgShare8Tweet1Share3Email12 Shares“The Needle” by Partha S. SahanaJuly 11, 2017; New York TimesThe United Nations announced this week that it is suspending a planned vaccination campaign against a raging cholera epidemic in Yemen because the very conditions that caused the epidemic—the ever-lethal combination of war and poverty—make carrying out the vaccinations untenable.While cholera was already endemic to Yemen, in May a state of emergency was declared after the start of the current outbreak, which in just three months has sickened 313,000 people and killed 1,700, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.As reported in the New York Times, Jamie McGoldrick, the aid coordinator for the UN in Yemen, said the plans to carry out cholera vaccinations have been “set aside” owing to the dangerous conditions on the ground that have also crippled the country’s health infrastructure.Christian Lindmeier, a World Health Organization spokesperson, said 500,000 doses of vaccine currently stored in Djibouti that were slated for Yemen will most likely be re-routed to African countries where they have a better chance of being effective.Cholera used to be a scourge worldwide, including in the U.S., but today it’s easily prevented through access to clean water and sanitation systems. That means it now overwhelmingly affects people living in poverty, who lack these things. The sickness, which is marked by explosive watery diarrhea and vomiting, can be fatal in a matter of hours if untreated. Treatment for the bacterial infection is simple—rehydration and antibiotics—but even those are often out of reach in many poor countries.Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, has been in a state of war since 2014 when the government was overthrown by rebels. In 2015, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and supported by the U.S. began bombing Yemen in an effort to oust the rebels and restore the previous government. More than 8,000 people have been killed and 3 million people have been displaced in the conflict.As reported in the New York Times last week, the seeds were sown for this cholera outbreak back in October when the government stopped paying civil servants and sanitation workers went on strike, leaving piles of garbage and sewage backups to contaminate drinking water.Only 45 percent of Yemen’s hospitals are operational, according the International Red Cross. (NPQ reported on the Saudi-coalition bombing of a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in Yemen last year.)Even when help is available, it can be hard to reach. Roads have been destroyed in the war, and transportation is not only arduous but expensive.The UN is finding only anemic response to its appeals for funding for mushrooming crises throughout the world, some of its own making. In Haiti, the UN actually is responsible (as NPQ reported last year) for starting a cholera epidemic that so far has killed nearly 10,000 and sickened 800,000. It has sought $400 million from member states to fight the sickness and hunger and to make amends to its victims. According to its website, it has so far raised less than $3 million, and spent most of that.The UN has sought $2.1 billion to fight hunger facing millions in Yemen, but has only raised one third that sum. The UN sent out a funding appeal for $250 million to fight cholera in Yemen, but has so far raised only $47 million. This week, the UN said that if it does not raise the remaining $200 million to fight cholera in Yemen, it will have to rob Peter to pay Paul and take the sum from the monies meant to fight famine.“All of this is entirely manmade,” McGoldrick said, “as a result of the conflict.”—Nancy YoungShare8Tweet1Share3Email12 Shareslast_img read more

Music and sports broadcaster Trace has appointed L

first_imgMusic and sports broadcaster Trace has appointed Laurent Dumeau as CEO of Trace Sports.Dumeau will oversee all activities of the recently launched channel that is dedicated to sports celebrities. He will also be in charge of global affiliate sales for Trace music channels Trace Urban HD, Trace Tropical HD and Trace Africa.Dumeau was previously senior-vice president of global affiliate sales at Universal Networks International.Trace CEO Olivier Laouchez said, “Laurent has a unique track record for successfully launching worldwide channel operations.Given Trace’s international growth, he is the perfect person to have in the driving seat of Trace Sports and of Trace’s distribution activities.last_img

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance ECS

first_imgThe European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Union alleging that a raft of broadcasters are forcing composers to surrender music rights if they want to write for TV programmes.The roster of broadcasters named include pan-European operator RTL, ITV and BSkyB in the UK, TF1 in France, ZDF and ARD in Germany and Rai in Italy. Several production companies are also named. They are collectively accused by ECSA, which represents 12,000 composers and songwriters, of using “coercive commissioning” to acquire composers’ rights.last_img

Modern Times Group has selected technology company

first_imgModern Times Group has selected technology company Envivio’s Muse software-based encoding solutions to extend its Viaplay OTT service to set-top boxes.Viaplay is using Envivio Muse Live software-based encoders on the 4Caster C4 Gen III platform to extend streaming of live channels to IP set-top-boxes.The Viaplay online platform for the Nordic market launched as a PC-based service but is now available on TVs via the Viaplay Box streaming set-top.“We constantly strive to develop our service, and offering Viaplay on streaming set-top boxes is part of our strategy to ensure that the widest possible audience is able to access our content, in the most convenient way,” said Niclas Ekdahl, CEO of Viaplay.last_img

Increased satellite capacity and growth in the Mid

first_imgIncreased satellite capacity and growth in the Middle East and Africa helped Eutelsat report strong first quarter results.The satellite operator saw revenue from video applications increase by 9.1% in the three months ending September 30, which helped overall revenues rise by 6.5% to €314.4 million.Eutelsat saw strong growth in the Middle East and North Africa, with a 37% increase in TV channels year-on-year to a total of 587. Capacity in the region was expanded with the launch of Eutelsat 7 West A in September 2011. It will be further increased in 2013 with the redeployment of an existing Eutelsat satellite to 8° West.At 30 September, the total number of channels broadcast by Eutelsat’s satellites stood at 4,403, up 11% year-on-year. Of those, 379 were HD, meaning an HD penetration rate for the entire fleet of 8.6% compared to 6% at September 30, 2011.Eutelsat reported total revenues for the quarter of €314.4 million, up 6.5%.Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO said: “Eutelsat delivered solid first quarter 2012-2013 revenue growth. The strong performance of video applications reflects the rapid uptake of additional capacity made available last year to serve the dynamic regions of the Middle East and North Africa.”last_img read more

Producer and distributor FremantleMedia is reorgan

first_imgProducer and distributor FremantleMedia is reorganising its business and creating a dedicated Digital & Branded Entertainment unit. The company has started a consultation process with all staff in the affected units while the new structure is implemented.In the wake of the news, the company told DTVE sister title TBI it will work to minimise any job losses. It added that there will likely be new positions created at its new unit.FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) was the division focused on programme sales, digital, licensing and sponsorship. Following a rejig, a new unit, FremantleMedia International and Kids, will be solely focused on distribution and kids and family entertainment.A new Digital & Branded Entertainment division will be created to focus on the company’s global digital and branded entertainment activities. FremantleMedia said it will announce who will run that unit shortly.The digital, licensing, sponsorship and ancillary activities previously undertaken by FME will be undertaken by FremantleMedia’s regional production operations.David Ellender, previously Global CEO of FME, will be CEO, FremantleMedia International and Kids. This is a Board level position reporting directly to Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia. Sander Schwartz will continue to lead FremantleMedia’s Kids & Family Entertainment division, reporting to David Ellender.last_img read more

Ragnar Kårhus CEO Telenor Broadcast and Canal Dig

first_imgRagnar Kårhus, CEO Telenor Broadcast and Canal Digital.Telenor Group has promoted the senior vice president of its industrial development arm, Ragnar Kårhus, as CEO of Telenor Broadcast and Canal Digital. The move comes after it was announced last month that Patrik Hofbauer was leaving the Telenor Broadcast and Canal Digital CEO post to become CEO of Telenor Sweden.Kårhus, who first joined Telenor in 2000, has held several roles at the firm, including CEO of Telenor Norway between 2007 and 2011. He is due to take up his new post on August 1.Commenting on the appointment, Richard Aa, chairman of Telenor Broadcast and Canal Digital, said: “I am confident that he [Kårhus] and the entire Broadcast organisation will further strengthen Telenor’s position as a leading provider of TV and Broadcast services to enterprises and households in the Nordic region.”Telenor Broadcast operates in the Nordic TV distribution market, working across European satellite transmission and terrestrial transmission. It consists of Canal Digital, Norkring and Telenor Satellite Broadcasting. The Telenor Content division, which is responsible for content on all platforms within Telenor Group, is also a part of Telenor Broadcast.last_img read more

Francesco Venturini Accenture has announced plans

first_imgFrancesco VenturiniAccenture has announced plans to buy S3 TV Technology, a unit of S3 Group that offers consultancy, automated testing, service monitoring and diagnostic solutions to video service providers.Accenture said that it will integrate S3 TV Technology’s StormTest automated testing platform and video consulting capabilities with its digital video services software, which is part of Accenture’s Communications, Media and Technology group.The deal will see Accenture expand its global video consulting, systems integration and automated testing capabilities across all video industry segments including cable operators, broadcasters, communications service providers and new entrants in digital TV, according to the firm.“In the volatile new media and entertainment ecosystem, one thing is unchanged – consumers will keep demanding more from their screens of choice,” said Francesco Venturini, managing director and Accenture Digital Video Services lead.“S3 TV Technology’s test automation solution, live event monitoring, video technology consulting capabilities, and systems integration experience combined with the rich capabilities of Accenture Digital Video Services and Accenture Video Solution software, will create an end-to-end platform that will help video service providers use cutting-edge technology to stay competitive by delivering more innovative features to customers.”S3 Group’s CEO John O’Brien said: “I believe that Accenture will provide an excellent new home for our TV Technology business and its people, and I wish them continued success into the future”.Terms of the deal were not disclosed and completion is subject to customary closing conditions.last_img read more

Arris has started layingoff staff in a bid to red

first_imgArris has started laying-off staff in a bid to reduce its global workforce by roughly 10%, following its recent acquisition of set-top box rival Pace.A spokesperson for the company confirmed reports that Arris is looking to cut roughly 800 people from its combined Arris-Pace workforce, which currently stands at more than 8,000 people around the world.Arris said that it began notifying employees of the cuts this week, starting a process that will be subject to continuous review. However, it would not reveal which specific regions or divisions it plans to target.“We are taking steps to drive operational efficiencies and bring our newly combined company together with fully realised synergies as quickly and thoughtfully as possible,” said an Arris spokesperson.“This is crucial as we look to maintain profitability and meet our commitments to our customers and shareholders. We understand how hard these changes will be for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition.”Arris completed its £1.4 billion (€1.9 billion) acquisition of UK-based set-top leader Pace in January, combining two of the world’s three biggest pay TV consumer premises equipment providers.Arris said the deal gives it additional strength in the satellite segment and telco TV and expands its cloud, network, home and services portfolio.The new combined company is incorporated in the UK, with operational and worldwide headquarters remaining in Suwanee in Georgia, US.last_img read more

Finnish cable and digitalterrestrial pay TV opera

first_imgFinnish cable and digital-terrestrial pay TV operator DNA has said it could drop Discovery’s channels on January 1 after being unable to meet the factual channel’s demand for higher distribution fees.DNA said it will drop SD and HD versions of Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Discovery HD Showcase, Discovery Science, Discovery World, Investigation Discovery, Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 across all networks – cable, terrestrial, IPTV and mobile – if the pair fail to agree terms.The current deal between the pair expires at the end of December.We are actively working on reaching an extension agreement with Discovery. Negotiations are ongoing, and we hope that they will lead to a resolution as soon as possible,” said Pekka Väisänen, SVP of DNA’s consumer business.The dispute is the latest in a series between Discovery and distributors in the Nordic region and elsewhere. The programmer’s channels disappeared from Swedish operator Com Hem’s cable and digital-terrestrial networks temporarily at the end of August, before the pair came to a deal that saw them reappear shortly afterwards. Last year, Discovery also had a dispute with Telenor-owned Canal Digital over carriage terms.Discovery has also this year been in a bitter dispute with Sky Deutschland. Discovery holds rights to a group of Bundesliga football games in Germany that are aired on its Eurosport service. The programmer failed to struck a deal with the pay TV provider over carriage of the channel and launched a separate Eurosport package on the HD+ platform instead.last_img read more

Stanger Things Netflix completely dominated Parrot

first_imgStanger ThingsNetflix completely dominated Parrot Analytics ‘in-demand’ analysis of digital originals in France for the week of January 8-14, with Stranger Things and Black Mirror far and away the top titles.Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social media, fan sites, peer-to-peer protocols and file-sharing platforms.Stranger Things netted 10.65 million ‘in-demand expressions’ for the week in question, closely followed by Black Mirror, with 10.47 million in-demand expressions.The two titles were by far the most in-demand originals for the week. Third-placed Narcos generated 4.1 million expressions, followed by Orange is the New Black, with 3.86 million.In fifth place was CBS All Access’s Star Trek Discovery, which is distributed by Netflix outside the US, with 3.53 million in-demand expressions.The other titles in the all-Netflix top 10 are Sense8, The Last Kingdom, The Crown, 13 Reasons Why and Daredevil.Stranger Things had topped the chart in a number of markets in the last few months, including Italy, Spain, Denmark, the UAE, South Africa and Hungary.last_img read more