Data Protection Commissioner Irini Loizidou-Nicolaidou has given sports authorities the green light to temporarily gather and log the personal data of football fans, but on condition that the information is deleted within 96 hours.In a statement on Thursday, Loizidou said she was allowing the measure for the time being, until such time as the sports fan card comes into effect.The matter concerns the recent move by the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) to become the sole vendor of certain football away tickets.As things stand, people buying tickets on the CFA’s website will continue to be required to provide their full name, ID number, date of birth and email. Providing a mobile phone number is optional.The CFA decision applies to non-holders of season tickets – that is, visiting fans – and to games designated as high-risk involving Anorthosis, Aek, Apollon, Apoel, Ael and Omonia.According to the CFA, the measure is intended to combat violence at sports venues.Loizidou said the CFA may for the time being continue to gather fans’ information, but that all data – including back-up files – must be destroyed within 96 hours of the end of the football game in question.Her statement came after she met on Thursday with the leaderships of the CFA and the Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA).Loizidou added that this data gathering ‘by no means substitutes the identity card for sports fans, which is mandated by law’.The data collection by the CFA will continue ‘as a temporary measure’ until such the fan sports card is implemented, she added.Asked why the data would be retained for 96 hours, as opposed to any other duration, Loizidou told the Cyprus Mail that this was to allow police the time to identify suspects in the event of an outbreak of violence.For instance, if a match takes place on Thursday, the police would have access to the CFA data until Monday morning – but no longer.Regarding the date of birth requested, sports authorities said this data field is needed to determine a buyer’s age and thus whether he or she is entitled to any of the special rates offered.The email address is required because, once online payment is made via JCC, the CFA sends buyers an e-ticket which they print out.The CFA’s ticket system will remain in force until the sports fan card is implemented.But this could take some time. It’s understood that KOA intends to invite tenders for the card software design by the end of February.The controversial idea of an identity card for sports fans, voted for in 2014 as part of a bill to fight hooliganism, is opposed by the organised supporters of all major football clubs.Political parties, mainly Akel, have expressed concerns over privacy, in that the personal data sports fans would furnish to obtain a card would be used by police to keep tabs on them.You May Like2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksThese 2019 Cars Cost Under $20k2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
26Jun Bumstead commends technical education laws that open doors for training a skilled workforce Categories: News State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, applauded this week’s signing of House Bill 4465 and 4466—now PA 208 and 209 of 2014—which modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum to increase flexibility for high school students so they can explore vocational and career training education outside of traditional college preparatory programs.“I am personally supportive of this legislation because I received technical career education in high school and went on to become a builder and contractor,” Bumstead said. “Sending our kids off to college is all well and good, but not everyone wants to go down that path. There are countless respectable, highly-paid vocational careers, and I am so glad this legislation can help kids discover these less familiar paths to success.”Bumstead co-sponsored both bills, which loosen curriculum restrictions, allowing students, parents, teachers and school districts to craft local programs that meet students’ personalized goals and specific needs. Students in middle and primary school are also encouraged to explore foreign languages and the arts thanks to these guidelines, which may foster increased learning in those topics at an early age.Expansion of vocational and technical education opportunities was a point made during this year’s State of the State address, and Bumstead said he is glad to see Gov. Rick Snyder bringing such valuable legislation to life for the future of Michigan’s skilled workforce.###
29Mar Rep. Frederick featured in national Habitat for Humanity publication Categories: Frederick News Rep. Ben Frederick was recently featured in Habitat for Humanity’s national publication. The organization highlighted Frederick’s own experiences with Habitat during his childhood when his parents became owners of their own home through Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity. Frederick has focused on housing issues and been an ally of Habitat during his time as a state legislator.From the article:“Suddenly, Habitat took away one of the many key stress points of poverty. Housing was no longer a constant point of concern or instability,” Frederick says. “So my parents could start thinking ‘What is our five-year plan as a family? And how can we do more with experiences to nourish this life?’ And I’m grateful every day for that having happened to our family.”Visit Habitat for Humanity’s website at the following link to read the full article: https://www.habitat.org/stories/habitat-family-finds-freedom-dream
Share4TweetShareEmail4 SharesDecember 16, 2015; The HillThe omnibus spending bill agreed upon by Congress yesterday and due for a vote by the end of the week includes no policy changes that would prevent Planned Parenthood or other abortion providers from receiving federal funds, despite all the threats made earlier this year by the Republican leadership. Democrats kept their promise not to be held hostage by GOP threats to hold up the bill unless Planned Parenthood were defunded, thus risking another government shutdown.The government shutdown last year was very unpopular with the American voting public as are the plans to defund Planned Parenthood. in September, Republican political strategist Karl Rove called the attempt to shut down the government by October 1 if defunding were not accomplished a “suicide mission.” He wrote in the Wall Street Journal:“¼ any Republicans who engineer a shutdown will be unwitting allies of the abortion movement,” not to mention that they would be risking a descent in the polls similar to or worse than the 28% plummet they experienced after the last shutdown.He called the shutdown advocates a “suicide caucus” bent on self-promotion and willing to do damage to anti-abortion advocacy. Days later John Boehner (R-OH) resigned as Speaker of the House.Eventually, the House Freedom Caucus, a group of about 40 conservative Republicans, scaled back its demands and struck out in its attempt to include language harmful to Planned Parenthood in the final spending bill.Additionally, the omnibus spending bill included no language blocking Syrian and Iraqi from entering the U.S., though new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) claims he has been given assurances that the issue will be roundly debated after January 1.Some Democrats voted with Republicans for the imposition of temporary restrictions on these refugees, but they signed on to a letter to Speaker Ryan circulated by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) expressing resistance to having the issue linked to passage of the spending bill. The letter reads in part:“Congress should not attempt to strong-arm the President into turning his back on Syrian families desperately seeking refuge from violence and persecution by threatening to shut down the government unless he acquiesces to their demands.”Other provisions of note to nonprofits include:A freezing of funding levels for the IRS, which is already widely considered to be understaffed. President Obama had recommended an increase of $1.7 billion.Making permanent the $1,000 child tax credit and the earned income tax credit for low- and moderate-income workers.— Ruth McCambridgeShare4TweetShareEmail4 Shares
Share21TweetShare3Email24 Shares“Glen Canyon, Colorado River” by Sharon MollerusApril 12, 2017; Arizona Daily SunLake Mead is shrinking. The lake, one of the largest manmade lakes on the continent, created in 1935 by the Hoover Dam, is fed by the Colorado River as it flows south.The lake, located about 25 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada, has not been at full capacity since 1983. Since 2000, the lake has lost 19 percent of its overall volume while increasing population has increased demands for the lake’s water. The journal Water Resources Research published a study in February that demonstrated the contributing stress of drought and climate change on the river. In short, the study estimates that one-third of the lake’s decline since 2000 is attributable to higher average temperatures in the basin, which in turn the study attributes to climate change. In February 2017, Lake Mead only held 42 percent of capacity, and that’s in advance of the level drop that comes with the summer sun.Arizona, Nevada, and California state water managers, along with federal managers, have been negotiating for several years to decrease use of the Colorado River’s water. In December, they announced they did not have an agreement and that negotiations would continue into the new president’s administration. As is often the case, a nonprofit has stepped up to move the needle. American Rivers Inc. has released an updated list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® for 2017, with the Colorado River at number one. (The Colorado topped that list in 2015 and 2013, too.)“The communities, economy and natural resources of the southwestern U.S. will be threatened if the Trump administration and Congress don’t prioritize and fund innovative water management solutions,” American Rivers wrote in a press release announcing the list on Tuesday.Major steps have been made by lower basin states and the federal government of the previous administration to figure out how to do more with less water, said Matt Rice, Colorado Basin director for American Rivers.The president’s proposed budget includes significant cuts for agencies like the Bureau of Reclamation and the Department of Agriculture. Their programs, such as drought contingency and water conservation, will be vital to saving the ecosystem of the Colorado River and the communities the river touches economically and recreationally. In particular, the drought contingency programs will affect both the United States and Mexico via the bilateral agreement that shares future drought-related water cuts and wetlands protection. The current agreement expires this year.American Rivers was founded in 1984 with a simple mission statement: “American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature.” They have been involved in the removal of 200 dams and 16 million pounds of trash from waterways. The nonprofit might want to consider the successes India and New Zealand have had with giving vital resources a kind of personhood, similar to corporations in the U.S.Mr. Rice expressed concern that this past winter’s excessive snow and rainfall, following the drought of several years, will “reduce the sense of urgency to complete the drought contingency plan.” As time goes on, Lake Mead slips further and further away from recovery.—Marian ConwayShare21TweetShare3Email24 Shares
Share17TweetShareEmail17 SharesOctober 11, 2018; Los Angeles Times, AP News, and The AtlanticWith the addition of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a full nine justices heard arguments this week in a case that could determine the fate of thousands of immigrants, many of whom entered the country legally and have been raising families and contributing to the US for years. Many now face years of incarceration and certain deportation. And the crux of the case is in how the Court interprets the word “when” as written into law.In this case, Nielsen v. Preap, three lawful permanent residents filed a class action suit when they were taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and detained without bond hearings years after they had been released from serving criminal sentences for offenses that could lead to their removal. Their position was that they were not detained “when” released from criminal custody, and so should not be held in mandatory detention and should be provided with a bond hearing as well. In an article for the Atlantic, Garrett Epps explains the issues in the lawsuit quite clearly:The statute creates two classes of “removable” aliens: first, ordinary detainees who haven’t committed crimes but are facing removal on other grounds and, second, “criminal aliens” facing removal because of criminal convictions.Once ordinary aliens are detained for removal, they face three different legal tests. First will be a “bond hearing,” at which they can try to convince an immigration judge that they can be safely released, and will show up for their deportation hearing. They can provide evidence of their community, and family members can attend to give their support. If they get bond, they can go back to their lives until their next hearing. Next, whether or not they get bond, they receive a “removal hearing,” at which they can try to show that they are not “removable” after all. If they win there, they are free to go. But even if they fail in that effort, they can still try to show that they are eligible for what is called “cancellation of removal”—for example, because they have been lawfully present in the U.S. for years and have family ties here, or because deportation would subject them to danger in their country of origin. If the immigrant can prove that claim, immigration authorities have the discretion to allow him or her to remain and “adjust” to legal status.But go back to the beginning—the bond hearing. Some “criminal aliens” have been convicted of certain specified statutory crimes (such as drug or firearms offenses, sex offenses, terrorism or espionage, or crimes of “moral turpitude”). For this “criminal alien” group, the statute says that “when the alien is released” from imprisonment, the government “shall take [him or her] into custody.” These immigrants get no bond hearing; they must be held in detention until their cases are resolved. They can still challenge removal, and they can still ask for cancellation, but they must remain behind bars for the months or even years those proceedings can take.The “when” comes into play in this case because the plaintiffs had all served time in prison for minor offenses but were not taken into custody for deportation upon release. The issue here is whether or not the word “when” includes anytime thereafter. Thus, the Supreme Court must now decide the meaning of “when” in “when they are released.” And from the questions and debate in the court this week, the answer may not bode well for lawful immigrants.The justices seemed to split along ideological lines, with the conservatives, including newly seated Justice Kavanaugh, clearly siding with the government’s position that “when” was open to almost any time—to place a time limitation on it was to hinder the ability of immigration authorities to do their work. Both Trump appointees, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, were clear in their sense that Congress did not put a time limit on the law. Sparring with the ACLU lawyer, Kavanaugh staked out his position.Kavanaugh disputed the ACLU’s contention that this mandatory detention rule applies only to immigrants who can be detained at the time they are being released from local jails or state prisons, not to those released years ago. “Congress did not put in a time limit,” he said. “That raises a real question with me whether we should be superposing a time limit.”ACLU lawyer Cecillia Wang pointed to the words of the law. “We’re not asking you to superimpose a time limit. We’re asking you to give meaning to all the words of the statute. “Congress in saying ‘when’ meant what ‘when’ means in the common sense, within a reasonable time.”Wang said a reasonable time would be one day, but several justices said that time limit was too short.However, Kavanaugh went further and said he saw no basis for putting any time limit on arresting immigrants for past crimes. “My point is that’s very odd when you think what Congress was doing in 1996…What was really going through Congress’s mind in 1996 was harshness on this topic,” he said.The ACLU lawyer argued she was not arguing that the detained immigrants had a right to go free. She said they should have hearing for a judge to decide whether they were dangerous or likely to flee.“The problem is Congress did not trust those hearings,” Kavanaugh said. “For a certain class of criminal or terrorist aliens, [Congress] said, ‘No more’.”Arguing for the liberals on the court, Justice Breyer raised the question of whether it was the intent of Congress for the government to do this kind of “roundup” of immigrants: “There is a huge constitutional question over whether people in the United States can be arrested and held indefinitely with no hearing. The Constitution says that “no person” shall be “deprived of liberty…without due process of law,” Breyer said, and that clause also applies to immigrants living here. He also noted that even an ax-murderer was entitled to a bond hearing, and these people were not.The issue of “when” to take an immigrant into custody seems pedantic when you are going to hold without bond a grandfather who has lived in the US for 52 years, or a person who served a prison sentence for possession of marijuana 20 years ago in the same way you would someone who participated in a bank robbery or was a suspect in a murder or assault. But it may all come down to an interpretation of what one word means. And, just when will we know this? Only the nine justices of the Supreme Court can answer that.—Carole LevineShare17TweetShareEmail17 Shares
Share1KTweet5ShareEmail1K Shares“Gavin Newsom at L.A.’s Families Belong Together March,” Luke HaroldJanuary 9, 2019; Ed SourceEarlier this week, Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, was sworn in as California’s 40th governor. Yesterday, he submitted his budget, which includes over $1.8 billion in spending to boost early childhood education. As Zaidee Stavely explains, the money will support “a range of programs, from helping parents care for their small children at home to identifying developmental delays early.”During his campaign, Newsom plans to focus on children from birth to age 3, a promise he made during his campaign, in addition to expanding preschool for four-year-olds.“We need to emphasize prenatal care and the first three years of a child’s life when nearly 85 percent of brain development occurs,” Newsom wrote in a 2017 position paper.Among the program elements that Governor Newsom proposes are the following:$100 million to expand a home-visiting program, in which nurses and social workers visit young, low-income parents to give health and parenting advice$100 million for developmental screenings, by which pediatricians and other health care providers use to ask parents and guardians if their babies and toddlers are meeting milestones, such as crawling, picking up small objects, or speaking their first words$247 million to expand child care facilities on college campuses for student parents$500 million for upgrading or establishing child care facilities and providing professional development for child care providers$750 million to boost kindergarten availability$125 million to support expansion of preschoolNewsom is also seeking to expand paid family leave for parents of newborns from six weeks to six months, although that expansion would be phased in gradually. The six months could be split between parents as they choose. As Emily Peck notes in the Huffington Post, six months paid leave, while beyond that which is offered by any US state, still pales in comparison to existing paid family leave policies in many other nations. Indeed, some countries, such as Germany and Japan, offer 12 months paid family leave.Stavely notes that some of the proposed expansions—especially those concerning home visits and developmental screenings—have garnered broad support among children’s advocates. As Stavely explains, with the home visit program, nurses and social workers regularly visit low-income parents and their babies, from pregnancy to age two, to give them one-on-one advice and answer questions about their children’s development, health, and learning. These programs, she adds, “have been shown to have long-term benefits for children’s reading and math skills, in addition to improving their health and mental health, and to help mothers get high school diplomas or GEDs and better jobs.”The nonprofit Children Now has estimated that less than three percent of California families receive such home visits. “It’s definitely a big deal,” California Now president Ted Lempert tells Stavely.Developmental screenings, Stavely explains, help “diagnose developmental, behavioral or social delays early and get children the interventions needed as soon as possible. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children receive these screenings at least three times before they turn 3 years old, but only a fifth of California children receive them, one of the lowest rates in the country, according to the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health. Families of color are particularly affected, as doctors and other health providers are less likely to ask them about their children’s development than white families, according to researchers with the American Academy of Pediatrics.”Newsom, Stavely adds, also plans to phase in preschool for all low-income four-year-olds over three years. “Currently,” notes Stavely, “only 14 percent of children under two and 38 percent of 3-year-olds who are eligible for subsidized child care in California are actually enrolled,” according to the Palo Alto-based Learning Policy Institute.Of course, submitting a budget does not necessarily result in legislative approval. But with Democrats enjoying a 29–11 majority in the state senate and a 60–20 majority in the state assembly, prospects for much of Newsom’s proposed budget to become law are high.—Steve DubbShare1KTweet5ShareEmail1K Shares
Vivendi has completed the sale of games division Activision Blizzard. Vivendi has divested its 85% stake in the games company, netting it US$8.2 billion (€6.1 billion) in cash and providing greater financial flexibility as it studies options for a demerger. The French conglomerate will retain a 12% stake in Activision Blizzard.The sale of the games company follows last week’s lifting by the Delaware Supreme Court of an injunction preventing Vivendi from going ahead with the sale.Vivendi chairman Jean-René Fourtou recently said he was considering restructuring the group by spinning of its media units, including Canal+, and Brazilian telco GVT while retaining control of French telco SFR.
Tim DavieBBC Worldwide is due to phase out the Global iPlayer as part of CEO Tim Davie’s vision for the future of the BBC’s commercial arm.Announcing a three point plan today, Davie said he aimed to increase investment in content, establish new global brands, and focus on digital innovation – part which will see BBCWW wind down the Global iPlayer trial in its current form.Plans for a standalone Global iPlayer app will not be taken forward – instead the aim is to roll the current service into the new look BBC.com, which will include a new long-form player, a spokesperson for BBCWW told DTVE.As part of Davies’ vision, the Worldwide boss said that he aimed to launch an international version of the BBC store – the planned BBC digital content store that BBC director general Tony Hall announced last week.BBCWW said it also planned to transform the international version of the BBC website, BBC.com, over the next three years, bringing together all BBC commercial online offerings in one destination with a greater focus on video content.“The new BBC.com will include a long-form video player and will represent a single digital route to market for BBC.com’s partners and advertisers,” said Worldwide in a statement.Among the other plans detailed today was the intention to grow content investment by £30m (€35.50) per-year to some £200m. BBC Worldwide also said it plans to introduce three new genre brands to its portfolio of branded channels and services around the world: BBC Earth, which currently already exists as a programming block; a new drama-focused offering called BBC First; and an as-yet unnamed brand targeting male audiences.“The plans outlined today for the next phase of BBC Worldwide’s development will underpin our success over the next three years and beyond. They combine an increased commitment to content investment with new BBC content brands alongside a more powerful and unified digital engine,” said Davie.“Taken together, these three investment priorities will serve to grow the BBC’s footprint across the world, both via our own services and our important third party sales, resulting in greater access by audiences to BBC and British content and sustainable cash flows back to the BBC.”The BBC launched its standalone Global iPlayer app as a subscription service in 2011. The iOS app reached a million downloads a year later and is currently live in 16 markets in Western Europe, Canada and Australia. However, the service never left beta or launched in the US.
Social TV service Stevie has unveiled new versions of its apps, with added Google Chromecast streaming support. The Israeli startup, which has apps for Android and iOS devices, takes users’ social feeds from sites like Facebook and Twitter and YouTube turns them into TV channels.“The new support for Chromecast and Android TVs helps bridge the final gap between social and the television screen that has kept the massive ocean of social content stuck on small-screen devices,” said the firm.
The European Commission has cleared Vodafone’s planned €7.2 billion takeover of Spanish cable operator ONO under EU merger regulations.The Commission said that the deal would not raise competition concerns as the two businesses would largely complement each other – with ONO mainly focused on fixed telecoms while Vodafone is most active in mobile.“Vodafone and ONO’s activities overlap in a number of markets in the fixed and mobile telecommunications markets in Spain. However, the Commission found that the impact of the transaction on these markets is likely to be limited as the combined entity would continue to face significant competition from other market players, such as the incumbent operator Telefónica, and other operators such as Orange and Jazztel,” said the Commission.It added that the deal would produce a number of “vertical and conglomerate relationships” in the fixed and mobile teleco markets in Spain, in particular bundled multiplay services.However, it said that the availability of alternative operators would mean that competition in this area from fixed or mobile service providers would not be stifled.Vodafone agreed to acquire Spain’s ONO in March for the equivalent of €7.2 billion. The firm said it expects to achieve €2 billion in cost and capital expenditure synergies from the acquisition within four years of completion. The deal values ONO at 7.5 times its 2013 EBITDA and 10.4 times operating free cash flow adjusted for cost and capex synergies.
The Honourable WomanUS-listed channel operator AMC is in negotiations to buy almost half of BBC America, according to wire service Bloomberg.BBC America is currently fully-owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster. The deal being discussed would see AMC take up to a 50% share in BBC America and it being run as a JV between Worldwide and AMC.Worldwide already operates the UKTV channels joint venture in the UK in partnership with Scripps Networks International.Bloomberg reported that AMC would pay cash for the stake in BBC America. The cable net, which is carried in about 80 million US homes – 100 million is typically considered ‘full distribution in the US – is worth an estimated US$200 million (€150 million).AMC Networks channels and the BBC have worked together on several projects and Sundance Channel, BBC Worldwide and BBC Two are currently set to produce or upcoming miniseries One Child, about a young a Chinese-born woman adopted by Anglo-American parents who struggles with her identity.Sundance and the BBC also co-produced Hugo Blick drama series The Honourable Woman.An AMC-BBC deal is still at discussion stage and an announcement is not understood to be imminent.
The majority of over-the-top video viewers are aged 21 to 29 years old, though OTT access is becoming increasingly common, according to a study by SPB TV.Announcing the survey results at IBC, SPB TV – a provider of end-to-end OTT, IP and mobile TV solutions – said that 21-29 year-olds accounted for 38% of the OTT TV audience profile, followed by 30-39 year-olds at 25%.Those aged 18-20 made up 13% of the audience share, while 40-49 year-olds accounted for 11%.In terms of gender divide, the research said that 28% of OTT viewers were women, up from just 11% in 2011. SPB said that this meant “OTT TV is no longer an innovative ‘toy’ for geeks but rather a convenient way to access video content.”Elsewhere, the survey, which is focused on modern TV consumption, said that viewers “rarely pay full attention to TV or video for viewing purposes only,” with multitasking and parallel media consumption now a common trend.Among the most popular ‘second screen’ activities was discussing shows online, browsing social networks, browsing the web for more information about the show being watched, and exchanging emails and personal messages – often on the same device that users are viewing the content on.“Multitasking can be often carried out on the same screen on PCs and mobile devices. It is remarkable that the respondents prefer to conduct activities on the same device,” said SPB TV’s CEO Kirill Filippov.“Emerging markets drive innovation and affect changes in the actual use of modern-day TV. It is not simply the content and the technology that drive innovation but the audience and its demands.”The survey was based on a sample of 50,000 respondents, the majority of whom were based in Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine.Separately, at IBC, SPB TV introduced Genie, a framework for developing interfaces for smartphones, tablets, PCs, smart TVs, set-top boxes and game consoles. It also demoed a portable encoding device called NaNo Encoder.
UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has approved some cuts to London Live’s local programming commitments, after initially rejecting the station’s bid to reduce to its total local programming hours from 18 to eight per day.In a new ruling, Ofcom said the local channel can reduce the hours of local programming repeats it runs per day from 10 hours to six in its first year.In year two this has been cut from nine to five hours and in year three onwards has been reduced from eight to four hours.In peak time, from 18.00 to 22.30, the hours of local programming repeats London Live is required to broadcast has been brought down to nothing, whereas before it stood at an hour and a half in the first year, and one hour in subsequent years.Despite the changes, London Live’s first run local programme commitments remain the same at eight hours per day in year one, 9 hours per day in year two and 10 hours per day in year three onwards.In peak time, it must still air three hours of first run local programming in year one, rising to three and a half hours from year two onwards.Last month, Ofcom rejected London Live’s bid to make wider cuts to its homegrown output on the grounds that the changes proposed by the broadcaster would “substantially alter” its output.London Live, owned by London Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev, had bid to reduce its local programming hours from 18 a day to eight, and three hours to one hour in peak time.
Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de PoschFremantleMedia has seen a sharp decrease in profits with parent group RTL blaming lower revenue from American Idol and increased investment in content and digital businesses.For the nine months to September, the production and distribution group reported EBITA profit of €54 million compared with €77 million in the same period in 2013.The figures came out in broadcast and media group RTL’s latest financial report this morning. Commenting on the wider RTL Group’s performance, co-CEO’s Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch said: “While RTL Deutschland and RTL Nederland report significant profit growth, the economic situation in France and for FremantleMedia remain challenging. In the third quarter, significant revenue and EBITA growth in Germany led to stable Group results, and we had a good start into the important fourth quarter.”FremantleMedia and RTL have been investing heavily in digital platforms and content, which is coming at a cost. FremantleMedia North America launched digital production unit Tiny Riot and RTL has bought into video advertising platform, SpotXchange, and fashion MCN Style Haul.The Group will have invested more than €240 million in digital businesses in 2014, it said this morning. Group digital revenue was up 16% to €180 million. The investment is also paying off in traffic terms, with FremantleMedia’s 175 YouTube channels claiming a cumulative 6.2 billion views this year, a 34.8% increase on 2013.RTL reported overall profit of €360 million for the nine months to end-September compared with €593 million a year earlier. Revenue was €3.9 billion compared with €4 billion a year earlier.The company said TV advertising markets across Europe improved in the first nine months of the year, with the exception of France, which has flat, and Belgium, which was down.
Middle East streaming platform Icflix has teamed up with Groupon UAE to launch a number of promotional initiatives to drive takep-up of the service.Groupon subscribers purchasing six-month or one-year subscriptions will be rewarded to savings worth up to 37%, according to Icflix.“We are always thinking of ways to reward our customers. This will give new customers the chance to experience the service with the added benefit of enjoying movies, TV shows, cartoons and documentaries where ever they are.” said Mohammed Amine Lalami, head of business development, Icflix.
Mediaset España has pulled its channels from Telefónica’s Yomvi OTT platform to focus on its own MiTele platform.The move means that commercial channels Telecinco and Cuatro will no longer be available on the Telefónica platform.According to La Vanguardia newspaper, the decision to withdraw from Yomvi reflects a deteriorating relationship between the two groups, with Telefónica taking a decision not to use the services of Mediaset’s advertising arm Publiespaña for its Movistar+ service and introducing its own new flagship channel brand Canal #0 on Yomvi.Mediaset’s withdrawal from Yomvi also coincides with the launch on the platform of Discovery Channel and public broadcaster TVE’s kids channel Clan.
Telefónica’s pay TV platform Movistar+ has secured the rights to top tier Spanish women’s football in the form of La Liga Iberdrola and the Copa de la Reina.From tomorrow, Movistar+ will air gams from La Liga Iberdrola and the Copa de la Reina live on its #Vamos channel, kicking off with a match between Madrid and Seville. The channel will be the exclusive home to Movistar+’s women’s football coverage of the Liga Iberdrola.Telefónica said that Movistar+ was increasing its coverage of women’s football at a time when the sport was growing in popularity, driven by the success of players including Amanda Sampedro, Lieke Martens, Alexia Putellas, Olga García, Nekane Díez, Sonia Bermúdez and Charlyn Corral.
DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Cyber Crime Centre are advising businesses across the North of Ireland to be on the alert for an email phishing scam.Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey said: “This particular email will contain a link that is designed to download malware.“People should be cautious when opening email attachments in general, but specifically if they are sent a document entitled, ‘Payment_Secure_Doc.pdf’. The subject of the email may be ‘Payment Plan/Inv’. PSNI WARN BUSINESS OF FRESH CYBER CRIME ‘PHISHING’ SCAM was last modified: November 24th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: “If you or your staff are in any doubt about unsolicited emails, do not open the email or click on the attachment.“We would remind all businesses to make sure that system patches are applied and anti-virus applications are kept up to date and to take steps to protect themselves by making sure employees are aware of the following:∙ Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites.∙ Check the legitimacy of any email received.∙ Use two factor authentication for processing payments.∙ Ensure you have up-to-date anti-virus software and perform regular scans, including scans for malware.∙ If you have clicked or activated the link you should seek professional advice from a reputable company.”Further advice on protecting your business can be found at www.getsafeonline.org and www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni ShareTweet CYBER CRIME UNITDCI MICHAEL HARVEYPSNIPSNI WARN BUSINESS OF FRESH CYBER CRIME ‘PHISHING’ SCAM
Pinterest Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Youth Arts in the Parks Exhibit Gets People in the Mood for Spring and Wildflower Weekend By Tyler BarkerApr 12, 2019, 10:15 am 528 0 Next PostHS Softball/Baseball Scoreboard – April 11 Google+ This youth art display is part of 2019 New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend (April 26 – April 28). Join in on this celebration of spring on free guided hikes and programs at New River Gorge National River, Tamarack, and the West Virginia State Parks of Babcock, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Hawks Nest, Pipestem Resort, and Twin Falls Resort. The complete event program schedule is available at www.nps.gov/neri or by liking NewRiverGorgeNPS on Facebook. Linkedin Twitter Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at email@example.com Previous PostPiney Creek Watershed Earth Day Celebration April 13, 2019 The talents of local students yielded amazing and creative works of art through watercolor paint, glass, oil pastels, pencils, paper, and more. This year’s contest had 253 participants. The top 66 juried pieces are now showcased at Tamarack through May 6 in the lobby of the Hulett C. Smith Theater. The top five Best in Show pieces will be displayed alongside adult art and are for public sale in the Surf and Turf spring gallery show April 13- June 9 in the David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery. This year’s Best in Show youth artists are: Colt Lether, 1st grade, Divide Elementary, Fayette Co. (Best K-2 grade); Olivia Tweeddale, 4th grade, private entry, Raleigh Co. (Best 3-5 grade); Maren Boblits, 8thgrade, home school, Fayette Co. (Best 6 – 8 grade); Cameron Thomas, 11th grade, Nicholas County High, Nicholas Co. (Best 9-12); and Lily Burr, 12th grade, Midland Trail High, Fayette Co. (Best in Show overall). Tamarack is open daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. See this exhibit online at www.nps.gov/neri/youth-arts-in-the-parks.htm. GLEN JEAN, WV (WOAY) — A new exhibit is open at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia featuring the art of local students, participants of the Youth Arts in the Parks 2019 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art contest. These youth are using art to help others learn about regional ecology and celebrate the arrival of spring in this annual contest open to all students in grades K – 12 from Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers Counties. Mail Home NewsWatch Local News Youth Arts in the Parks Exhibit Gets People in the Mood for Spring and Wildflower Weekend Tumblr Facebook