August 20, 2019

Lufthansa pilots OHare airport workers on strike affecting thousands of flights

first_img Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press CHICAGO — Workers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport are expected to walk off the job over union rights and an hourly wage of $15. Meanwhile across the globe, Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.About 500 workers have committed to the strike on Tuesday. They include cabin cleaners, janitors, wheelchair attendants and baggage handlers.The workers are employed by private contractors. Strike organizers say many work for minimum wage. They’re trying to unionize with the help of Service Employees International Union Local 1.Organizers say they expect delays and disruption, particularly for United and American airlines. But Chicago Department of Aviation officials say they don’t anticipate disruptions.The strike is part of a nationwide campaign for higher hourly wages, including for workers at other airports and fast-food restaurants. Thousands plan to walk off the job at McDonald’s restaurants.Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe company has cancelled 816 short-haul flights scheduled for Tuesday. The walkout by the Cockpit union is to be followed Wednesday by a strike hitting both short-haul and long-haul services.Lufthansa has cancelled 890 flights scheduled Wednesday.The strikes follow four consecutive days of walkouts last week. Lufthansa and Cockpit are far apart in a pay dispute that has dragged on for more than two years.Lufthansa on Monday failed to persuade a Munich court to issue an injunction blocking the latest strike. The company says that around 82,000 passengers will be affected by Tuesday’s walkout and 98,000 by Wednesday’s.center_img Tags: Lufthansa Posted by Lufthansa pilots, O’Hare airport workers on strike affecting thousands of flightslast_img read more

August 16, 2019

India to sponsor WTM Buyers Club

first_imgWorld Travel Market London 2015 is delighted to announce India Tourism as the sponsor of its prestigious WTM Buyers’ Club as it looks to promote India to the global travel industry as a safe and year-round luxury destination.In 2014, 7.7 million tourists visited India, a growth of more than 10% from just under seven million (6.97m) in 2013. In the first six months of 2015 the country welcomed 3.85 million tourists, up 3.4% on the same six months in 2014.India is looking to increase its tourism numbers further by enticing tour operators from global source markets to promote the country as a year round luxury destination. The key to India’s strategy is to focus on a variety of niche products – including rural, wellness, medical, adventure, golf, MICE and cruise tourism – to overcome the aspect of ‘seasonality’ spread tourists around the country by promoting India as a 365 days destination, and expanding out from its most popular period of October to March.India’s most popular destinations are Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, popularly known as the Golden Triangle, Rajasthan, Goa, Kerala and Kashmir. However, a greater focus is being put on North East India – Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram.Furthermore, India has an array of new products to promote to the world’s leading buyers at WTM London 2015; including the development of its cruise industry, which will see Royal Caribbean include Indian ports in its itineraries from October. Other leading global cruise companies operating from India include Oceania Cruise and AIDA Cruise.A string of luxury global hotel chains including Rotana, Meininger, Jumeirah and Six Senses are scheduled to open a number of hotels in the next two years, further enhancing India’s position as a luxury destination.The UK is India’s second largest source market for tourists with 810,000 people visiting in 2014. India will look to sign deals at WTM 2015 with UK tour operators that will see the number of visitors from the country increase to one million in 2016.Key to the strategy of increasing tourists from the UK is for India to expand its campaign to people living outside of London, with the belief that the close links between the two countries and their cultures will encourage repeat visitors.There are currently 17 flights from the UK to India every day, from a variety of airlines including British Airways, Air India, Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Bicester Airlines.As Dr Lalit Panwar, Secretary (Tourism), Government of India said, “India is very happy to be sponsoring the WTM Buyers’ Club for WTM London 2015. The objective of the Ministry of Tourism is to promote India as a year round luxury destination through its vibrant destinations and tourism products and to increase tourist traffic to the country. There is an ever-increasing amount of new and exciting products to educate the world’s leading buyers about. WTM London is an event when the Indian tourism stakeholders get to meet the world’s buyers and sign business agreements. The Ministry of Tourism and the Indian exhibitors look forward to a very successful WTM London 2015.”WTM London, Senior Director, Simon Press said, “WTM London will host more than 9,000 of the world’s most important buyers through the WTM Buyers’ Club. These buyers will sign deals worth more than £2.5 million with exhibitors. India is in prime position to promote its exciting range of tourism products to these buyers through its sponsorship of the WTM Buyers’ Club.”last_img read more

August 11, 2019

But with the way this season has gone for the Card

first_imgBut with the way this season has gone for the Cardinals, the idea that the team may need him at some point does not seem to be all that far-fetched. Whatever the future has in store for him, however, he’s glad it’s in Arizona with the Cardinals.“It’s a great group,” he said of the team, noting that there has been some turnover since he was last in Arizona. “There’s a lot of fun guys. Coaches are awesome. That was the thing that probably made the decision easiest, just coming back and knowing this is a great group. They’re having a lot of success, so whatever I can do to keep that rolling, I’m going to be there for them.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It certainly helps that Lindley has more than a season’s worth of experience in the team’s offense, as well as four NFL starts under his belt. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said as of now, Thomas is Stanton’s backup, but added they’ll have to see how quickly Lindley progresses after being with another team for a little more than two months. As Lindley said, the offense has changed some over that time.“There’s little things, I mean, there’s little things every year you change during the year and figure out what you’re doing; that kind of stuff has changed a little bit,” he said. “But it’s also kind of week-to-week game-plan stuff. So there’s stuff I was looking at in the game plan last night and I really had no clue, but then I come to find out that it’s brand new, so it’s good to know. So we’ll see.”Lindley said he learned a lot during his time in San Diego, but he’s excited to be back in Arizona’s system. He called it “awesome,” and is hopeful it will come back to him quickly once he gets back on the field. There has been no discussion of his exact role with the team, but until he’s called on to play he says the plan is to help Stanton and Thomas as much as he can. “I’ve been lucky enough to kind of stay around home, and this is close, too,” Lindley said from the Cardinals’ Tempe training facility Wednesday. “And actually, we’ve kind of hunkered down here, my wife and I, so she was out here the whole nine weeks, so it was an easy transition. She’s happy I’m back, too.”Lindley said she told him to “hurry home” once she found out he was going to be a Cardinal again, and at the same point he “hopped in the car, packed up everything I had out there and made the drive out.”The 25-year-old who is in his third NFL season could not have arrived soon enough. Palmer was placed on injured reserve Tuesday due to a torn ACL in his left knee, meaning his 2014 season is over. Drew Stanton, who was Palmer’s backup, assumed the starter’s role, which left rookie fourth-round pick Logan Thomas as not only the backup, but the only other quarterback on the roster. Thomas got a taste of NFL action in the team’s Week 4 loss to the Broncos, when he filled in for an injured Stanton and completed 1-of-8 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. Whether the team has confidence in him or not should Stanton get hurt again, the Cardinals certainly wanted to have another healthy QB on board. TEMPE, Ariz. — It has been written that you can’t go home again.Well, Ryan Lindley is here to challenge that assertion. He’s gone home again…twice. Upon being released by the Arizona Cardinals in August, the San Diego State product signed with the San Diego Chargers. However, Tuesday he re-signed with the Cardinals, as the team needed a quarterback to take Carson Palmer’s spot on the active roster. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

August 9, 2019

Rep Barrett hosts summer reading program for students

first_img State Rep. Tom Barrett today announced a summer reading program for Eaton County students that aims to keep them reading over the summer months.“It’s important to keep our students’ minds sharp over the summer,” said Rep. Barrett, R- Potterville. “Reading is the key to that and this program will give students an incentive to read at least ten books between June and September.”Students first through fifth grade are eligible to participate in the program. To enter, students simply pick up a bookmark from their local library, read ten books, and return their filled in bookmark to specially marked boxes in the library. One young reader will be rewarded with a trip to Lansing as a “Representative for a Day.”Public libraries across Eaton County have pledged to participate in the summer reading program. For more information, contact your local library or Rep. Barrett’s office at 517-373-0853 or via email at 24Jun Rep. Barrett hosts summer reading program for students Categories: Barrett News,Newslast_img read more

August 9, 2019

Rep Wentworth supports educator tax deductions at state federal levels

first_img State Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare today said he supports income tax deductions at both the federal and state levels to help teachers who buy their own classroom supplies.Wentworth said he favors a U.S. Senate provision that would increase the educator expense taxable income deduction from the current $250 to $500. Wentworth opposes a U.S. House provision that would eliminate the educator expense deduction at the federal level. The issue is being debated as Congress considers possible federal tax changes.Wentworth also said he supports a bill pending in the Michigan Legislature that would make public school teachers who buy their own classroom supplies eligible for a state income tax credit.“We spend taxpayer money to fund the public school system and educate our children,” Wentworth. “When an educator spends their own income on items for the classroom, that money should be exempt from taxation. It’s only fair.”House Bill 5136 would provide a state income tax credit of up to $1,000 for a single filer and $2,000 on a joint return for those with adjusted gross incomes equal to or below the average salary for a Michigan teacher, which currently is $61,875.National and Michigan-based surveys indicate the average teacher spends hundreds of dollars of their own money on classroom supplies each year, and the costs are rising.### 21Nov Rep. Wentworth supports educator tax deductions at state, federal levels Categories: News,Wentworth Newslast_img read more

August 9, 2019

Rep Kahle welcomes Clinton High School students to state Capitol

first_img29Nov Rep. Kahle welcomes Clinton High School students to state Capitol Categories: Kahle News,Kahle Photos State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian welcomed ninth-grade students from Clinton High School to the Capitol on Tuesday. The two groups of students traveled to Lansing as part of their American Government class curriculum.“This is one of my favorite roles as a state representative,” Rep. Kahle said. “I enjoy seeing students receive a hands-on education in state government. These future leaders were truly a pleasure to meet.”PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle visits with Clinton High School students during their trip to the state Capitol in Lansing.####last_img read more

August 9, 2019

Rep Howell announces MDOT grant for Lapeer road improvements

first_img### State Rep. Gary Howell today announced a grant totaling $375,000 from the Michigan Department of Transportation to increase safety and improve road conditions for drivers on Davison Road in Lapeer.Howell said Lapeer will resurface more than one mile of Davison Road from east of the roundabout at Lake Nepessing Road to west of Millville Road. Work also includes new signs and drainage improvements.“Davison Road provides access to multiple commercial and industrial businesses,” said Howell.  “These necessary road improvements will extend the life of the roadway and increase safety for local drivers.”The overall cost of the project is $678,000. The city of Lapeer is providing $303,000 to the project.Overall, there have been nine grants announced throughout the state, ranging from $175,000 to $375,000, and totaling more than $3.1 million.The Transportation Economic Development Fund operates under the Michigan Department of Transportation and helps finance highway, road and street projects. 05Jan Rep. Howell announces MDOT grant for Lapeer road improvementscenter_img Categories: Howell News,Newslast_img read more

August 9, 2019

Rep Wentworth Plan creates veteran career opportunities

first_img Categories: Wentworth News Military members who were honorably discharged and are transitioning into civilian life are one step closer to being able to utilize the skills they’ve learned throughout their service to obtain gainful employment.The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan cosponsored by state Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, creating a pilot program allowing highly trained, experience and motivated military medical personnel to be employed within the health care field while they work to obtain their medical credentials.“During their time in military service, medics and medical technicians receive extensive medical training, but when they leave the Armed Forces, most lack the credentials required in the civilian health care sector,” said Wentworth, who chairs the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. “This program not only helps expedite career placement for our military heroes as they plan for life after serving, it also gives them an opportunity to be employed within the health care field while they gain civilian health care education and credentialing.”Wentworth noted Michigan is facing a medical staff shortage, increasing the need for this type of program to be designed and installed throughout the state. If approved, Michigan would become the second state in the country to implement such a plan.“Military members are well known for their precise communication, accountability, execution and natural leadership – all four of which are heavily sought by health care employers,” Wentworth said. “As a state, we have military veterans looking for career opportunities and a medical staff shortage that needs to be addressed. This plan is the bridge between these issues and will provide the state with a solution.”House Bill 6056 now advances to the Senate for further consideration. 04Dec Rep. Wentworth: Plan creates veteran career opportunitieslast_img read more

August 9, 2019

Rep Leutheuser bill lowers registration fees for older vehicles

first_img21Mar Rep. Leutheuser bill lowers registration fees for older vehicles Categories: Leutheuser News State Rep. Eric Leutheuser today introduced legislation to give Michigan drivers financial relief by creating a flat rate registration fee for cars that are 15 years old or more.“Lowering the registration fee for these older vehicles that are still roadworthy will give financial relief to Michigan drivers who need it most,” said Leutheuser, of Hillsdale. “It’s an idea that should be included in the larger discussion happening on road funding.”Under current Michigan law, many drivers with older vehicles face registration fees that may be higher than necessary because the fee is based on their vehicle’s original sticker price.Leutheuser’s plan lowers registration fees on cars that are 15 years old and older to a flat rate of $100. If a vehicle that age already has a registration fee lower than $100, the lowest number would apply.House Bill 4424 has been referred to the Transportation Committee.####last_img read more

August 9, 2019

Rep Berman announces May office hours

first_img09May Rep. Berman announces May office hours State Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township invites constituents of the 39th District to his upcoming May office hours.“I look forward to meeting with members of our community and hearing their opinions on the important issues currently being debated in Lansing,” Rep. Berman said. “Feedback from residents on road funding, auto no-fault insurance and budget negotiations will allow me to ensure the 39th District has a voice during the process.”Rep. Berman will meet with residents at the following time and location:Monday, May 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at West Bloomfield Township Public Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road in West Bloomfield.No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Berman’s office at (517) 373-1799 or Categories: Berman Newslast_img read more

August 9, 2019

Sausage Making and the Bill for Food Bank Sales Tax Breaks in

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 14, 2014; Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionWho would have ever thought that food banks would be required to pay sales taxes on the goods and produce they provide for the hungry? Last year, Georgia’s Republican governor Nathan Deal vetoed a bill that would have reinstated a provision for exempting food banks from sales taxes. This year, he is signing legislation—House Bill 958—that would do the trick. Bill Bolling, director of Atlanta Community Food Bank’s director, said that the tax break would save food banks $2.5 million.“This makes all the sense in the world,” Bolling said. “To make food banks pay taxes on food for the hungry made no sense.”Would you rather not know how sausage is made? That’s the problem of tax legislation. To get this food bank sales tax exemption enacted, House Bill 958 became something of a tax break smorgasbord, with millions in breaks for more than food banks. Among the winners in the legislation are a tax credit for “qualified entertainment production companies” (that is, video game developers) and exemptions from sales and use taxes for the construction of “competitive projects of regional significance” (that is, for the new stadiums for the Braves and Falcons).Our guess is that the Braves and Falcons will save more from taxes than the food banks. The governor’s advisory “competitiveness” panel gave a thumb’s-up for the food bank tax break and for the stadiums, though it nixed the video game tax credit and the other tax incentives embedded in the package. That didn’t bother Governor Deal. It is a case study of an essential fact of tax incentives in the U.S.: for everyone who complains about tax exemptions for nonprofits, the states and the federal government are quite willing to give away plenty more in tax breaks for for-profit companies that don’t quite generate societal benefits comparable to public charities.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

August 7, 2019

Harvard Kennedy School Facing Media and Political Firestorm Reneges on Chelsea Manning

first_imgShare4Tweet6Share1Email11 SharesDaily ChalkUpy, April 14.September 15, 2017; Boston GlobeThere doesn’t appear to be any middle ground when it comes to Chelsea Manning—people either really support her or really don’t. Some view her deeds as heroic; a statue in Germany commemorates her and she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. According to her testimony and that of a psychiatrist who testified during her court martial, she believed her leaks would change the perception of war and promote peace. One school of thought believes that, as a young private, when she copied then sent WikiLeaks classified sensitive U.S. military documents and videos, she could not fully understand the potential ramifications of her actions. On the other hand, her critics cite the history and evidence of her association with known hackers and political dissidents as evidence of her disagreement with U.S. military and political policies. Manning ticks off quite a few controversial boxes: transgender, transgender serviceperson, transgender serviceperson whose gender confirmation surgery was paid for by the military after a series of suicide attempts and hunger strikes, convicted felon, admitted traitor, convicted traitor, leaker, recipient of a very controversial commutation…and to some, hero and whistleblower.The day that the Harvard Kennedy School announced Chelsea Manning as one of this semester’s Institute of Politics (IOP) visiting fellows, media and political reactions were swift. When the New York Times and other outlets reported the news, the story took on a life of its own.The day following the announced Manning appointment, a current non-resident senior fellow at the school’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Michael Morell, both the former deputy director and twice acting director of the CIA under President Obama, resigned his fellowship. Morell said, “I cannot be a part of an organization, the Kennedy School, that honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information.”Later that same day, current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, appointed by President Trump, told the university he concurred with Morell, abruptly cancelling a scheduled appearance at the school’s Forum, prompting Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf to tell the assembled crowd that Pompeo was not there and would not speak. Pompeo said, “While I served my country as a soldier in the United States Army and will continue to defend Ms. Manning’s right to offer a defense of why she chose this path, I believe it is shameful for Harvard to place its stamp of approval upon her treasonous actions.”Although the IOP is housed at the Kennedy School, it is an undergraduate institution. The work of the institute is performed by undergraduates, and fellows’ seminars are off the Kennedy campus. Apparently, there’s no issue with her unduly influencing impressionable undergraduates. The thinking, according to IOP Acting Director Bill Delahunt, was that naming Manning would “broaden the range and depth of opportunity for students to hear from and engage with experts, leaders, and policy-shapers” and “address issues of LGBTQ identity in the military.” The publication Pink News cited her appointment as “the only LGBT-related fellowship in Harvard’s History.Regardless, what appears to be the sticking point is the idea Harvard would bestow this “honor” on Chelsea Manning. Morrell alludes to it in his statement, Pompeo states it outright, and Dean Elmendorf tackles it head-on in his statement rescinding Manning’s fellow appointment.We did not intend to honor her in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds, as we do not honor or endorse any Fellow…I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility…Therefore, we are withdrawing the invitation to her to serve as a Visiting Fellow—and the perceived honor that it implies to some people—while maintaining the invitation for her to spend a day at the Kennedy School and speak in the Forum.But this downplay of any honor associated with Manning’s appointment creates another conundrum. Of course, anyone designated as a fellow at Harvard—or any school—perceives it as an honor and themselves a member of a prestigious, exclusive club. Is this no longer true? Recently, the school was renamed Harvard Kennedy School after years as simply the Kennedy School, possibly in recognition that although Kennedy has cachet, Harvard has the prestige.Manning chastised the school via Twitter for allowing the CIA to determine who teaches at the School. According to accounts, Manning hung up on Dean Elmendorf when he called with the news. Elmendorf assured Manning she was welcome to address students during a Forum event later this year. On Saturday, 12 student groups requested the dean reinstate the fellowship invitation.—Mary Frances MitchnerShare4Tweet6Share1Email11 Shareslast_img read more

Euronews has joined Belgacoms TV Partout multiscr

August 7, 2019

first_imgEuronews has joined Belgacom’s TV Partout multiscreen service.Belgian viewers can watch the French version of the service live on Android and iOS tablets and smartphones. The English-language version will join the platform soon. Euronews has been part of Belgacom’s IPTV service since 2005.“I am delighted that Euronews is pursuing its partnership with Belgacom on the new service, which corresponds to Euronews’ strategy: offering its content to as many people as possible, on adapted platforms so that viewers can reach Euronews where they want, when they want, and how they want,” said Arnaud Verhlac, deputy director, World distribution at Euronews.last_img read more

French media regulator the CSA has cancelled the a

August 7, 2019

first_imgFrench media regulator the CSA has cancelled the authorization granted to video-on-demand specialist SelecTV to deliver VOD services on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform via capacity on the R3 multiplex.The CSA ruled that SelecTV, which was granted the licence in January this year, had failed to meet its commitments.SelecTV was a spin-off of digital-terrestrial pay TV provider TV Numeric, which went into receivership last October with about 35,000 subscribers. The receivership did not affect SelecTV itself, and the company entered an agreement with South African set-top maker Altech in January to develop the DVR-based on-demand service.Separately, the CSA has announced that the six new HD DTT channels launched in France at the end of last year were now available in the regions of Basse-Normandie and Haute-Normandie, and the departments of Mayenne, Eure-et-Loir and the western part of Ile-de-France. The latest additions mean that the channels are now available to 47% of French households, taking the total number of free channels available to 25, including 11 in HD.All the channels should be available to 97% of the French population by June 2015, with Provence-Alpes, the Côte d’Azur and Corsica set to receive them from September this year.last_img read more

August 7, 2019

Sky Deutschland has launched a new TV and movie OT

first_imgSky Deutschland has launched a new TV and movie OTT offering, called Snap, which is available to existing customers, as well as non-Sky subscribers.Similar to Sky UK’s Now TV service, Snap will be available to non-Sky subscribers for €9.90 per month with only a month-to-month commitment.Existing Sky customers can also access the service for an additional €4.90 per-month, acting as a compliment to Sky Deutschland’s existing Sky Go and Sky Anytime VOD offerings.Snap, which went live this week, is a VOD library that Sky Deutschland said will include thousands of titles – including TV season box-sets, HBO library content, movies and children’s programmes – including Disney content.Content available at launch includes shows like Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, The Sopranos, 24, How I Met Your Mother and films including The Hangover and Happy Feet – with Sky promising to extend the content library daily.“Sky pioneered the concept of a content rich, live and on demand entertainment service with Sky Go, and as a result today Sky is the largest OTT pay-TV service in Germany and Austria. With Snap, we’re taking the next step, giving Sky customers and all entertainment fans the chance to enjoy a new selection of top quality content from the Sky Collection,” said Brian Sullivan, CEO Sky Deutschland.“Snap will bring Sky’s extensive editorial experience, outstanding programming quality and comprehensive partnerships with the world’s leading providers – such as HBO, Warner, Fox, Paramount and Disney – to a whole new audience.”The Snap catalogue of content will be available on demand via the web, iPad and Samsung Smart TVs.Sky said the iPhone will be “added soon”, with Samsung Galaxy products and other platforms and devices to follow afterwards.last_img read more

August 7, 2019

Vodafoneowned cable operator Kabel Deutschland ha

first_imgVodafone-owned cable operator Kabel Deutschland has introduced high-speed internet services in Beilngries, Greding and Kinding in Bavaria, providing speeds of up to 100Mbps to about 4,200 households.The operator has been engaged in a state-wide upgrade of its Bavarian networks since 2011 and now offers high-speed services to about 500,000 homes, mostly in rural areas.Kabel Deutschland CEO Manuel Cubero said that the company would be able to provide 100Mbps services to 70% of all homes in Bavaria by March 2015.last_img read more

August 7, 2019

Michael Lantz Accedo has launched version 20 of i

first_imgMichael LantzAccedo has launched version 2.0 of its VIA multiscreen solution, in a bid to deliver a “better cross-platform experience.”VIA 2.0 enhances second screen interaction, with full Chromecast support as well as integration possibilities for other technologies.The update lets viewers watch and manage video content continuously, even when switching between devices during video playback.It also includes an updated user interface, with improved content browsing and viewing capabilities and uses modern cloud and web technologies to enable scalable deployments.“We launched Accedo VIA to solve technical challenges of creating and maintaining a multiplatform video service, enabling our customers to focus on their content strategy, consumer relationships and promotion. I’m thrilled to see the introduction of this latest version, which is a significant step forward and our best VIA product yet,” said Accedo CEO Michael Lantz.last_img read more

August 7, 2019

Eutelsats new satellite for Middle East and North

first_imgEutelsat’s new satellite for Middle East and North Africa broadcast markets, Eutelsat 8 West B, is in “the final stretch of manufacturing” and is on track for launch in mid-2015.Eutelsat said that the satellite has finished launch environment tests and is now going through a final round of payload performance checks at Thales Alenia Space’s factory in Cannes.Eutelsat 8 West B will launch on an Ariane 5 rocket to the 7/8° West neighbourhood, where it will deliver increased Ku-band capacity for the MENA region and a pan-African payload in C-band.last_img read more

August 7, 2019

Pay TV operator Canal is ramping up its offer for

first_imgPay TV operator Canal+ is ramping up its offer for Africa with the launch of four dedicated sport channels.The four channels, Canal+ Sport 1, Sport 2, Sport 3 and Sport 4, will benefit from new rights acquisitions across a range of sports, according to the pay TV outfit.Content will include UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football along with Ligue 1 French football, the English Premier League, the Euro 2016 championship and the Copa America in its centenary year of 2016.The channels will also offer NBA and Eurobasket basketball, IAAF Diamond League athletics, Top 14 French rugby, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and ATP Masters 1000 and 500 tennis, European Tour and Masters golf and Formula 1 motor racing.Magazine programmes on the channels will include Canal Football Club, Canal Champions Club and Talents d’Afrique.Canal+ said it was also reinforcing the African-focused content on the version of Canal+, Canal+ Cinema, Canal+ Series and Canal+ Family distributed in Africa.The operator is adding 600 new films each year including European and US blockbusters, comedies, adventure films and world cinema, with a focus on African cinema. Les Chaînes Canal+ will see the addition of five new series each month, and Canal+ will add Reussite, the first magazine show dedicated to African economy and development, to its raft including Le Petit Journal and L’Effet Papillon.The latest additions to the pay TV platform for Africa follow the addition in March of 25 new channels to Les Bouquets Canal+ including Novelas TV, Edan and Gulli Africa.last_img read more