Paul Pogba determined to erase Man Utd defeatshame with Tottenham

first_imgManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is determined to erase Red Devils 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last year August by putting up an impressive performance in their Sunday match against the same club.Pogba missed the win over Reading FC in the Emirates FA Cup third round was a result of an injury he picked up after Newcastle United during their last Premier League outing.“I remember the first game [against Spurs] when we lost 3-0 at home,” he told official Man Utd website.”I’ve still got it in my mind. We don’t want to let this happen again.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“It’s Tottenham, you know. They’re a very good team, they’re in the top four, so it’s going to be a big game. It’s going to be a tough one. We need points and they need them as well. We’ll see – it’s going to be a tough one.”Pogba is confident they have more glass ceiling to break even though they added five successive victories in all competitions in their cart making other clubs looking over shine.”We’re still far [away] but it’s good that people forget about us a bit,” he said.“We’re just coming our way, staying focused and trying to do our things – that’s what we need to do.”last_img read more

Egypt votes in referendum to extend Sisis rule

first_imgAn Egyptian man, living in Kuwait, gives the thumbs up as he waves a placard bearing the portrait of president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi before casting their votes in a referendum on constitutional amendments, at the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait City on 19 April. Photo: AFPEgyptians start voting Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader presenting himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region.Despite protests from rights groups, the three-day plebiscite is expected to approve sweeping constitutional changes that will extend Sisi’s term until at least 2024 in the Arab world’s largest state.Beyond that, the amendments would allow Sisi, 64, to run for another six-year term while boosting his control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in political life.The referendum bucks the trend of the region’s mini-Arab Spring, in which mass pro-democracy protests this month swept away veteran presidents in Algeria and Sudan.Sisi made his grab for power in the turbulent years after the original Arab Spring protests of 2011 toppled long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak, who was followed in office by Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.Sisi overthrew Morsi in 2013 and the following year won his first term as president. He was re-elected in March 2018 with more than 97 per cent of the vote after standing virtually unopposed.International observers slammed both elections while Sisi’s government has been widely criticised for sweeping repression of its opponents — both Islamists and secular groups.Human Rights Watch charged the constitutional amendments aim to strengthen Sisi’s “authoritarian rule”, while Amnesty said that parliament, having already backed the changes, had shown a “complete disregard for human rights”.Grip on regimeFor the past few weeks, Egypt’s streets have been awash in banners and billboards urging citizens to “do the right thing” and vote “Yes”, while popular folk singers have also exhorted voters to go to the ballot box.A muted “No” campaign mounted from the diaspora and online has been thoroughly muzzled as authorities have blocked over 30,000 internet domains.Despite the deep concerns of rights groups, Sisi has earned the support of many Egyptians and some Western powers by presenting himself as a bulwark against Islamist militancy and turmoil at a time when fighting again rages in neighbouring Libya.Many voters, such as retired banker Ramez Raouf, view Sisi as a champion of stability.”Look, I am against a few of the changes such as extending the president’s terms … but I am still going to vote ‘yes’ anyway,” Raouf, 63, told AFP.When asked why, he said “because the military will protect the civilian nature of the state, and that’s important to me”.Parliament has already voted overwhelmingly this week to approve the changes, including extending presidential terms from four to six years.The referendum also proposes other changes to the five-year-old constitution, among them the creation of a second parliamentary chamber and a quota ensuring at least 25 per cent of MPs are women.Think-tank the Soufan Center said the main effect of the referendum would be to “solidify Sisi’s grip on the Egyptian political regime” in a country that “has become even more autocratic than it was under Mubarak”.last_img read more

Marylanders May Get To Weighin on Legalization

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROWhen the Maryland general assembly was deadlocked on passing a law to legalize gambling nearly ten years ago, it deferred to voters in the form of a referendum called Question 2 in 2008 to decide.  Legal gambling was ultimately approved by a ratio of 3-to-2 votes.Baltimore City Delegate Curt Anderson (D-43), says he plans to introduce legislation in the upcoming General Assembly, that would allow Maryland voters to decide whether the state should legalize the recreational use of marijuana. (Courtesy Photos)Now a key state legislator wants to give the people the same opportunity to weigh in on another controversial issue, legalized marijuana.  The question is, will the state’s political establishment allow it?“We’ve got a new strategy this year to introduce a bill that would simply put it on the ballot for referendum and let the people decide,” State Delegate Curt Anderson (D-43) told the AFRO.During the upcoming session in Annapolis, which begins in January, Anderson said he plans to introduce a referendum that would allow voters to approve the legalization of marijuana directly.  He said his bill would put the question on the ballot for the 2018 midterm elections.“We feel that folks who have not supported this bill in the past could support the idea of allowing Marylanders to decide,” he said.It’s the latest in a series of efforts by the veteran lawmaker to help Maryland join a nationwide trend to remove the plant from under the auspice of the criminal justice system.For Anderson and other supporters, legalizing marijuana is not just about loosening restrictions on a now illegal drug, it’s a criminal justice issue with deep roots in the state’s proven bias towards arresting African-Americans for marijuana related offenses.As recently as 2014, over 90 percent of the Baltimore’s marijuana arrests were targeted at African-American residents, a number disproportionate to the population.  In fact, a 2013 report by the Maryland ACLU found that racial disparities tied to marijuana arrests increased between 2001 and 2010, with the rate of arrest rising faster for African-Americans than Whites.   In all, the report concluded, the state spent nearly $105 million in 2010 prosecuting pot related offenses.In 2014, Anderson in conjunction with the state’s Legislative Black Caucus was instrumental in passing legislation that made possession of less than ten grams of pot subject to a criminal citation.  It’s a law Anderson says has proven both popular and effective, which is why he wants the public to weigh in on the broader question of legalization.“This will be referendum on whether or not if should be legalized like Oregon and Washington State,” he said. According to the Oregon Department of Revenue, the state brought in $50 million more than expected from marijuana tax receipts in 2016.“We want to know what Marylanders think.”The move comes amid another controversy over marijuana, the state’s exclusion of majority Black owned firms from the small group of firm awarded licenses to grow medical pot.   The oversight prompted State Delegate Cheryl Glenn (D-45) to call for the caucus to ‘take a knee’ during the upcoming legislative session unless state leaders give a license to an African-American controlled firm.A threat she said still stands.“We expect when we go back to session to have an emergency bill to go out right away,” Glenn said.  “We will be holding a press conference on the first day of session to announce our strategy.”However, despite her push for more equity in medical marijuana licensing, Glenn says she is not ready to throw support behind Anderson’s proposal.““At this point I am not ready to support recreational marijuana,” Glenn said.  “We need to get medical marijuana done first.”The office of Governor Larry Hogan did not respond to a request for comment by press time.last_img read more

House approves adventure park acquisition project

first_img Kesto: Partnership will create entertainment location Categories: Kesto News,News 09Feb House approves adventure park acquisition projectcenter_img The Michigan House recently approved funding for Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects, including a $2.9 million plan to acquire land in Holly Township to create a multi-use adventure park, said state Rep. Klint Kesto.The project included in House Bill 4078 is among 69 land acquisition and recreational development projects throughout the state totaling $24.7 million supported with revenues from the NRTF.The project involves the acquisition of 314 acres of land in Holly Township adjacent to Interstate 75. The land would be developed into a multi-use adventure park, including mountain biking, trail running and off-road vehicle technical driving over obstacles and challenge elements. Successive phases of development could include waterskiing, wakeboarding and scuba diving.“This adventure park will be a wonderful addition to our community for residents as well as tourists from all across the state,” said Kesto, R-Commerce Township. “This money is constitutionally restricted for the purpose of acquiring land and developing recreational projects, and this project will make it possible for families to enjoy high-adventure sports in a local park.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####last_img read more

Rep McCready hosts office hour in West Bloomfield

first_img10Apr Rep. McCready hosts office hour in West Bloomfield Categories: McCready News State Rep. Michael McCready of Bloomfield Hills will host an open office hour on Friday, April 28.The event will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the West Bloomfield Public Library in the Main Branch Conference Room at 4600 Walnut Lake Road.“This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard,” Rep. McCready said. “I am interested in hearing about what issues are important to the people in the community.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. McCready at MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov or 517-373-8670.#####last_img read more

Rep Albert introduces bill to make millage elections more transparent

first_img21Jul Rep. Albert introduces bill to make millage elections more transparent State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, has introduced legislation to ensure more voices are heard during elections which determine the fate of local millage proposals.Albert’s bill limits local millage proposals to the November ballot, unless a statewide special election or recall election is being considered.“Voter turnout is historically roughly 30% in August and 20% in May elections,” Albert said today. “We should have a goal of maximum voter turnout when ballot questions impact a voter’s tax bill.   Voter turnout is clearly highest during November elections.”Albert said he has heard from senior citizens who feel as though local millage proposals are intentionally placed on the ballot during elections for which low voter turnout is expected.  Some seniors are not aware that the millage was on the ballot until they later receive their new tax bill.“Seniors on fixed incomes cannot afford to pay more and more in taxes every year,” Albert said. “It’s important to ensure that we protect our seniors and we must end the practice of taxation without voter participation.”In addition, Albert noted that local districts save money by holding elections in November.  “Costs for conducting an election can be quite high, and it’s a more efficient use of taxpayer dollars to put school millage proposals on the ballot when statewide elections are already being held,” Albert said.House Bill 4814 was referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee.#### Categories: Albert News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Berman calls for a closer examination of the MCCA

first_img Lawmaker’s plan ensures transparency and accountabilityState Rep. Ryan Berman, of Commerce Township, today introduced a bipartisan plan increasing transparency and accountability within the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA).Under the plan, the state Legislature would have the ability to review a yearly audit of the MCCA – a private, nonprofit entity which reimburses insurance companies for any auto-related medical claims over $555,000 – to determine whether or not the association is operating with a surplus.“The MCCA has grown from a value of $9 billion in 2009 to over $22 billion today,” Berman said. “That to me raises concerns. We need to make sure we hold the association accountable for annual vehicle assessment increases, and make sure the increases are justified – if they are needed at all.”Michigan requires all car insurance companies to belong to the MCCA and pay an annual per-insured-vehicle assessment to fund the association. The nonprofit association last year increased the annual fee $22, rising from $170 to $192 per vehicle – an increase of 13 percent.“If the Legislature concludes the MCCA is operating with a surplus, drivers should be reimbursed,” Berman said. “I believe this could be part of a broader solution when it comes to making car insurance more affordable for all Michiganders.”House Bill 4111 now moves to the House Insurance Committee for consideration. Categories: Berman News 29Jan Rep. Berman calls for a closer examination of the MCCAlast_img read more

Rep LaFave introduces plan to award electoral votes by congressional district

first_img Categories: LaFave News Legislation would ensure U.P. is not ignored by presidential candidatesState Rep. Beau LaFave has introduced a plan to end Michigan’s “winner-takes-all” approach to allocating electoral votes for presidential elections.LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said apportioning electoral votes based on congressional district will ensure that rural areas of the state – especially the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan – can no longer be ignored by presidential candidates.“Anyone seeking the job of leader of the free world should have to earn votes from every area of our state,” LaFave said. “The current system unfairly encourages presidential campaigns to focus solely on population centers like Detroit and Grand Rapids. People can completely ignore the U.P. and still win all of Michigan’s electoral votes.”Each political party would choose candidates for presidential electors during its state convention, just like under current law. One presidential elector would be chosen from each congressional district, and two electors at large.Under LaFave’s plan, the presidential elector would then be selected from the political party with the greatest number of votes for president in that congressional district. The at-large electors will be chosen from the political party with the presidential candidate that received the greatest number of total votes in Michigan.This method has been used in Nebraska since 1991 and in Maine since 1972.“Making this change would encourage candidates to campaign throughout our entire state, which will in turn encourage more people to get involved and improve voter turnout,” LaFave said.House Bill 4484 has been referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee for consideration.### 18Apr Rep. LaFave introduces plan to award electoral votes by congressional districtlast_img read more

A Top Nonprofits Internal Disagreements Was CAP Played by Netanyahu

first_imgShare18TweetShare3Email21 Shares“Defense.gov photo essay 110325-D-XH843-010” by Cherie Cullen – This Image was released by the United States Department of Defense with the ID 110325-D-XH843-010 (next). photo essay. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.November 9, 2015; Foreign PolicyYesterday afternoon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped by the liberal, Hillary Clinton-linked think tank, the Center for American Progress, as part of his fence-mending tour of America. He campaigned with the help of Congressional Republicans to scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran, alienating the Obama administration and the president himself.The scheduled visit at the Center for American Progress prompted some significant criticism from American liberals, who suggested that CAP was being used or played by Netanyahu. NPQ wrote about some of the reactions, including critical comments from disaffected former CAP employees.Yesterday, reports in Foreign Policy and other outlets suggested that the nonprofit think tank endured internal dissension over the invitation to Netanyahu. According to John Hudson writing for Foreign Policy, Winnie Stachelberg, the Center’s executive vice president for external affairs, and Brian Katulis, a senior fellow, called an all-staff meeting last week to explain and defend the Netanyahu invitation. They promised staff that Netanyahu would “undergo tough scrutiny in a question-and-answer format” focusing on issues regarding Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.Hudson writes that after the Stachelberg and Katulis statements, “around a dozen CAP employees stood up and delivered an impassioned joint statement criticizing CAP’s decision to hold the event, read aloud by a designated speaker.” One unidentified CAP staffer in the meeting remarked to Foreign Policy that “It was clear that the sentiment was that this was the wrong choice to make as a progressive institution that cares about human rights, justice, and the oppressed.” The staff member characterized the staff statement as a “rebuttal” to Stachelberg and Katulis.The rebuttal received “an enthusiastic round of applause” from the 100 or so staff in the meeting. According to one participant in the meeting, “it was practically the whole room clapping for 10-15 seconds,” said another staffer in the room.”The full staff rebuttal is here, thanks to The Nation, reprinted for the uniqueness of seeing the internal conflict of a nonprofit institution revealed on the public stage:We all came to work at this institution with a passion and belief for the CAP mission, being an organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas and to change the conversation and to change the country.Coming to work at CAP gives many of us the opportunity to make this country safe and accepting of all. While we watch the hate crimes, discrimination and biases faced by some of our communities, we come to work every day proud that this institution is a space where our voices will be respected and where our leadership assures we feel safe, respected and heard. In that sense this place isn’t so much a job or a profession or a nine-to-six. It’s a survival tactic. But it’s not just about our individual struggles because, in the words of MLK, we’re not free until we’re all free.And at CAP we are a family. We spend more hours with one another at this institution than we do with our own families and friends outside the office. It is imperative that we feel confident in this building to improve the lives of all Americans, and essentially to work on getting us all free. It becomes difficult to step outside of our building and say to our allies why this visit is happening, for some of us here we ourselves feel that we were not considered in that decision.We come with questions and thoughts on how things have been developing and where we go from here:Our approach is to think creatively at the cross section of traditional boundaries. It’s hard to talk about poverty without talking about the economy or women’s issues or education. Similarly, it’s hard to separate American progress from world progress when young people in Palestine are advising young people in Ferguson on how to deal with tear gas and flash grenades. So, while the decision occurred in the policy portfolio of [CAP’s national security team], the ramifications of that decision lives outside of that team.Some of our teams have a concern that there’s something distinctly not bold or progressive about referring to the Prime Minister as “someone with whom we disagree” or “someone who said some terrible things.” We disagree with Mitch McConnell; Don Lemon has said some terrible things. So this is not just a “policy difference,” this is a person who continues to defend the deaths of over 2000 people—many of them children—last summer alone. What do we call a disagreement of that magnitude? A thing that terrible? Would we bring other leaders to this institution who had committed similar crimes?Finally, on the free exchange of ideas and progressivity. How do we engage in progressive discourse, while continuing to fight for basic human rights of all people, across the globe and in our own country, if we fail to emphasize this respect for human rights in whom we choose to engage in conversation with? How do we engage in conversation with world leaders whose views and actions undermine our core principles, while maintaining the integrity of those principles?And so we know Prime Minister Netanyahu is set to come. But that decision was made in our collective name, without enough consideration of the diverse backgrounds and experiences dedicated employees bring to the table.Bringing in another head of state on “the other side” is not the solution. Our goal is to promote humanity and shut down oppression and genocide and terrorism. Bringing in another head of state with a record of oppression would further push our mission away.So what comes next? What happens when we come back to work on Thursday Nov. 12? What is the Center for Americans Progress to the people whose lived experiences Netanyahu’s policies directly impact? How do we face our communities with answers?These are all questions that we, as passionate and committed employees of the Center for American Progress have been asking ourselves this past week and hope for answers to. As you look around the room, people of faith and all backgrounds are asking these questions. Some are standing; many, many more don’t feel empowered to do so. This is a humanity and human rights issue universally felt. Some of us think this event shouldn’t be happening at all and others think a broader discussion of this with CAP family should have happened before this major decision.Again, we are appreciative of this institution, and the opportunity to speak out because this is a family and right now as members of the CAP family we are in a place of confusion and hurt.Thank you for taking the time to listen to us collectively.The arguments of CAP’s defenders include CAP’s previous hosting of speeches by other political characters who are not popular with liberal Democrats (for example, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee), the importance of providing a forum to heads of state regardless of who they might be, and the likelihood that Netanyahu at CAP would get tougher questions than at his other scheduled stops at the American Enterprise Institute and the Jewish Federations of North America.In this instance, the timing of the Netanyahu appearance alongside Hillary Clinton’s support from some American donors who strongly support the Israeli cause with scant support for the interests of Palestinians. If it were simply an opportunity to question a controversial figure, that might be one thing. But Netanyahu is categorically different from the likes of Huckabee, and his hour show at CAP has more symbolic meaning than whatever tough questions CAP president Neera Tanden might toss at him.Regardless of where one stands on the CAP invitation to Netanyahu, the report of widespread internal dissension among the CAP staff tells a picture of staff conflict that rarely makes it outside of nonprofit offices. Usually, disagreements are kept in-house as much as possible. In this case, with a speaker like Netanyahu who is a flashpoint for different paths to solutions in the Middle East, in-house disagreements at CAP have become a public issue. In the wake of Netanyahu’s appearance at CAP, given CAP’s relationship with Hillary Clinton who continues her campaign with statements of strong support for Israel and rather hard to hear comparable statements for Palestinians, what happens next at CAP in the relationship of the majority of CAP staff who seemed to be aggrieved by the Netanyahu speech and the CAP leadership who made this call without much awareness of the reaction it would get.—Rick CohenShare18TweetShare3Email21 Shareslast_img read more

A Credit Score to Immigrate Bizarre Proposed Rule Would Trump Human Rights

first_imgShare14TweetShareEmail14 SharesLorie Shaull from Washington, United States [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsDecember 11, 2018; SlateA decent credit score, which dictates so much of what we are allowed to acquire in modern-day America, is hard for many people to achieve in this unequal country. But now, the US Department of Homeland Security wants to require immigrants to demonstrate they have one before being considered “admissible.”The purpose of the proposed rule is to stop immigrants from becoming legal residents if they might become a “public charge,” meaning dependent on government assistance. The proposal, which now is open for public comment, would also apply to immigrants seeking an extension of stay or change of status. The rule defines a “good” credit (commonly referred to as FICO) score as “generally near or slightly above the average for US consumers.” (Credit scores range between 300 and 850, and lenders consider those between 670 and 739 to be “good.”)Credit scores and the reports in which they are documented originally were designed for a single purpose: to help lenders evaluate whether a would-be borrower is a good risk. They are determined by analyzing consumers’ debt-repayment history. Thus, writes Amy Traub in Slate, “Credit reports contain no information about a consumer’s income or earnings and have no applicability to whether an immigrant, or prospective immigrant, is likely to become a public charge.”Rather than playing a helpful role, the proposed rule could have a very negative effect by discouraging immigrants from seeking public aid. “Requiring an immigration officer to pull someone’s FICO before a final decision will take us bad places—quickly,” Matt Cameron, an immigration law attorney in Boston, told Slate. For example, immigrants may decide against receiving WIC (women, infants and children) benefits to avoid trouble with immigration agents.“I grew up on WIC and public housing; I don’t know what my parents would have done without it,” Cameron said. “To make immigrants choose between a green card in the future and taking care of their kids right now is really cruel.”In the past, immigrants have simply been required to have a financial sponsor and assure they will have enough money to live above 125 percent of the poverty line. (For a family of three, that would be $25,975, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.) Adding credit scores into the mix is bad because they are based in part on the number of years a person has used credit in the United States. According to the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), this automatically puts immigrants at a disadvantage. Under this standard, immigrants also would be penalized for avoiding debt.Fortunately for immigrants, it is possible, even without any credit history at all in the United States, to build it fairly quickly, says Tara Robinson, communications director for the Mission Asset Fund, a California-based nonprofit organization that helps consumers build credit through social lending. The Mission Asset Fund helps participants lend small amounts of money to each other with zero interest and no fees. The nonprofit services and guarantees the loans, and it reports payment history to the credit bureaus—thus building a positive score.However, that sidesteps the many downsides of American society’s reliance on credit scores, which is fueled in part by a decades-long drive by the reporting industry to market and profit from the sale of its data. Today, credit information is used by insurance companies, landlords, employers, utilities, and hospitals for a variety of decisions. And immigrants are only the newest category of resident that suffers as a result. For the past two decades, says the NCLC, numerous studies have found that African American and Latinx communities have lower credit scores as a group than whites (and Asians, when the data is available). This can be traced in large part to the racial wealth gap. For example, a study by investigative journalists at ProPublica found that, even when taking average income into account, court judgements related to debt collection are twice as likely in mostly black communities as in mostly white ones. The racial wealth gap makes it far more difficult for African Americans to recover from a financial setback or come up with a few hundred dollars to pay an emergency bill. And because credit reports judge humans based on past behavior, they perpetuate past inequality.There is another problem with credit scores: A 2012 study by the Federal Trade Commission found that one in five American consumers had at least one error on their credit report—and there is little reason to believe that has changed. And the process of trying to correct credit-reporting errors has been described as “a nightmare,” “a Kafkaesque no man’s land“ and “a horror story worthy of Hitchcock.” Imagine how much worse it is for plight of an immigrant with limited English language skill.—Pam BaileyShare14TweetShareEmail14 Shareslast_img read more

UPC Poland has upped the amount of content availab

first_imgUPC Poland has upped the amount of content available on its on-demand platform.The cable operator now has over 3,500 movies and TV series, including 60 movies in HD available. It also now offers over 1,300 titles for free. Content is available from 10 broadcasters, including Canal Plus, TVP, TVN, Discovery, Filmbox, National Geographic, HBO, Disney, Cartoon Network and the Sundance Channel.UPC Poland ended the third quarter with 585,000 digital subscribers.last_img

ABOX42 exhibiting on the Deutche TV Platform stan

first_imgABOX42 (exhibiting on the Deutche TV Platform stand) will use ANGA Cable to showcase a set of low cost IP set top boxes for OTT service providers, IPTV and cable companies.ABOX42´s new B12 platform offers a low cost set-top platform including the latest internet technologies to run OTT services. The B12 includes hardware technology and software components like HTML4/5/CE-HTML browser, QT-client, HbbTV, DLNA and an advanced OTT media player. In addition the B12 supports Hollywood approved streaming technologies (Smooth Streaming, HLS, BitBand, Mpeg DASH) and DRM solutions including DRM10, PlayReady, HLS-DRM and Secure Media.The B12 platform already runs over 100 OTT applications like VOD-Services, catch-up TV Services, Online Video Recording, IPTV/OTT FreeTV as well as OTT pay TV services and web-browser functionality, according to ABOX42.last_img read more

UK mobile operator EE has launched what it claims

first_imgUK mobile operator EE has launched what it claims to be the world’s largest mobile data plan, offering a petabyte (a million gigabytes) of data to broadcasters and media firms to enable large-scale transfer of data over 4G.The package is priced at £8m and been developed for business customers such as media, film, entertainment and CCTV security industries. A petabyte of data is the equivalent to 500 billion pages of standard printed text or 13 years of HD video streaming, according to EE.The operator predicts businesses will consume 860 per cent more mobile data by 2016, generating demand for larger, more flexible data bundles that can meet future requirements It added that the “Super Bundles for business” have no expiry date and no contract period.While broadcast companies predominantly use satellite links to upload video from the field, this comes at considerable cost and with limited service availability, said EE. Its Super Bundles, costing £8 per Gb for a petabyte of data, could save broadcasters as much as £12m when using that amount of data, the operator claimed.In addition, broadcasters will no longer have to book data uplinks in advance and can instead use mobile wifi device for an instant superfast data connection over 4G. As well as the petabyte offering, EE is also offering Super Bundles in 50TB, 100TB, 200TB, 500TB units. Businesses can add new SIMs at any time and individual users can top up data whenever needed. They can be paid up front or payment can be phased over time.last_img read more

Shazam has unveiled a major redesign of its app a

first_imgShazam has unveiled a major redesign of its app, aimed at making the service a “destination experience and content platform for artists, shows and brands.”The redesign, which Shazam first started to introduce earlier this month, was launched at Mobile World Congress and be available in the coming weeks to iOS and Android users.Included in the new-look Shazam will be access to information about “any show broadcast on over 160 TV channels in the US” – including details on music, cast and crew.Other song-related features include quick lyric-viewing options, direct access to a given song’s music video and related videos, unique recommendations, and better biographies and discographies.“The redesign we’re unveiling today is part of a fundamental evolution in our consumer experience,” said Shazam CEO Rich Riley.“People will always be able to use Shazam in the way they know and love – to identify almost any song amazingly fast and purchase or share that song. Shazam’s new content-rich design, coupled with the recently launched News Feed and the effortlessness of Auto Shazam, give users powerful reasons to spend a lot more time with Shazam and to use it every day.”Shazam introduced its Auto Shazam function in December, which works in the background and automatically identifies media.So far, Shazam said that “nearly 40% of Auto Shazam matches have been for TV.”last_img read more

Samsung is offering a threemonth Now TV Sky Movie

first_imgSamsung is offering a three-month Now TV Sky Movies Pass to customers that buy a Galaxy Tab S tablet as part of a new premium content deal. Samsung said the offer applies to customers in the UK and Ireland and gives users access to all 11 Sky Movies channels, both live and on-demand, offering more than 800 on-demand movies with up to 16 new premieres added each month.“We’re committed to delivering above and beyond for our customers and deliver a truly engaging experience right from the moment they start using their tablet for the first time. Our exclusive content package for the Tab S is testament to that,” said Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland’s marketing director, Ines van Gennip.Samsung is also debuting its magazine service, ‘Papergarden’, on the Galaxy Tab S, is offering up to six months free access to music service Deezer and is offering other premium content, including Kindle e-books, as part of its ‘Galaxy Gifts’ mobile content offering.The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is available on July 4 for £319.00 for the 8.4-inch WiFi version, and £399.00 for the 10.5-inch WiFi version.last_img read more

Belarusian service provider Beltelecom has expande

first_imgBelarusian service provider Beltelecom has expanded the availability of its basic digital-terrestrial TV service to the Grodno region in the western part of the country.Beltelecom’s Zala Standard package includes 18 channels covering kids, education, entertainment and sports genres.Beltelecom has also now made a range of thematic packages available to a large part of the country, with the Detskiy, Dlya Dushi, Filmovy and Poznavatelno Razvlekatelny packages available in Ivievsk, Lida, Svisloch, Slonim, Mosty districta of Grodno region, Pinsk and Baranovichi district of Brest region, Mogilev district of Mogilev region and Petrikovsk district of Gomel region.Beltelecom said its thematic packages should have about 50% of the country by the end of this year, expanding to 80% next year.last_img read more

Satellite pay TV operator Dish has become the firs

first_imgSatellite pay TV operator Dish has become the first US service provider to make Netflix available via its set-top boxes.The subscription video-on-demand service is now available via Dish’s second-generation Hopper set-tops, giving Dish customers the ability to subscribe to Netflix and view shows including House of Cards and Orange is the New Black from the same platform they use to view their linear payTV channels.Netflix is currently available via an app on Dish’s broadband-connected Hopper boxes, but the service will be rolled out to the operator’s Joey, Super Joey and Wireless Joey boxes in the coming months.Dish said that Netflix titles could also be integrated into its unified search functionality across live, recorded and on-demand programming on the its Hopper boxes and its planned forthcoming OTT service.“Pairing Netflix with Hopper represents the consolidation of two incredible video experiences,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH senior vice president of product management. “This app integration eliminates the need to switch television inputs to access content on varying devices. It gives our customers easy access to their favorite shows and movies, on both DISH and Netflix, without ever having to leave their Hopper.”“As the first major pay-TV provider in the U.S. to add the Netflix app to its set-top box, Dish strengthens an already robust video entertainment experience for its customers,” said Bill Holmes, global head of business development at Netflix. “Many households subscribe to both Netflix and a traditional pay-TV service. Our vast library of TV shows and movies, combined with Dish’s lineup of live television content, gives customers easy access to a wide variety of complementary programming.”last_img read more

Eutelsat 8 West B launch Satellite operator Eutels

first_imgEutelsat 8 West B launchSatellite operator Eutelsat reported a 0.2% like-for-like revenue increase for full-year 2015-2016 to €1.53 billion, while EBITDA was up 2.9% to €1.16 billion.Announcing its results for the 12 months ended June 30, 2016, Eutelsat said that revenues from video applications were up 2.3% like-for-like to €943.6 million, and accounted for 64% of the company’s overall revenues.The gains reflected growth in MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa with the entry into service of new capacity on Eutelsat 8 West B in October 2015 and Eutlesat 36C in February 2016, as well as growth at 16° East and 7° East.Eutelsat said that Fransat also recorded higher revenues on the back of the transition to High Definition in France.“These positive elements more than offset lower revenues at the Hotbird position following the non-renewal in recent months of some contracts with service providers, a decline in revenues from professional video and lower revenues in Russia following the renegotiation of certain contracts last year,” according to the company.As of June 30, 2016, the total number of channels broadcast by Eutelsat satellites stood at 6,342, an increase of 549 channels compared to the same time a year earlier.High definition TV penetration continued to increase, representing 13.6% of channels compared to 11.9% a year earlier. A total of 863 channels were broadcast in HD across Eutelsat’s fleet, up from 687 a year earlier.“The past year has seen a number of operational milestones, with the successful launch of five new satellites and the roll-out of initiatives to address the African broadband market,” said Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer.We made further advances in our core Video activity, exceeding the 6,000 channel mark on our fleet, with a further rise in HD penetration and the launch of the first commercial Ultra HD channels.last_img read more

Vodafone Spain has launched My Nick Jr Viacoms i

first_imgVodafone Spain has launched My Nick Jr, Viacom’s interactive and personalized channel aimed at pre-school kids, to its offering.The app enables parents to decide what they allow kids to watch and how much viewing is permitted.Parents can choose between a range of educative themes, including learning foreign languages, memory games and logic puzzles. Within the parameters set by parents, kids can indicate if they like or dislike individual segments, creating a personalized experience.Vodafone is making My Nick Jr available to all customers with its Extra and Total packages.last_img read more

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