Gesy meeting with President cancelled

first_imgWednesday’s meeting at the presidential palace to discuss employment issues under the upcoming hospital autonomy has been cancelled until a study on the issue is completed, head of state doctors’ union Pasyki, Soteris Koumas said on Tuesday.Pasyki and other doctors’ unions met President Nicos Anastasiades last month to discuss their concerns as to the reform in the health sector, which would see the introduction of a national health scheme (Gesy). The first step toward Gesy is to render state hospitals administratively and financially autonomous so they can compete with private hospitals after the health scheme kicks in.The study into hospital staffing under autonomy was commissioned by Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis last October and is expected to be completed within the month.“At the moment, we are talking about understaffing of state hospitals. We are expecting the study, which should have already been completed,” Koumas said.Earlier in the day he said the two sides were not far from reaching an agreement over pay, but they had agreed the study results might affect what has been laid down so far and that it would be best to wait for it to be completed.Commenting on whether this would delay tabling of bills on hospital autonomy and Gesy to the plenum for a vote, Koumas said that just because timeframes were set, it does not mean that the union should rush to agree to something that would prove to have shortcomings.“It is better to delay a bit than leave gaps in the name of the reform. This is health we are talking about,” he told the Cyprus Mail.Earlier in the month, Pamporidis said political leaders agreed they would like to see the two bills that were sent to the House in mid-October be voted on by June 1.Koumas said the health ministry is to blame for any delays as it has yet to present the techno economic analysis model of the autonomous hospitals, which is part of the study, and that it had also delayed in submitting its proposals on labour relations.Following last month’s meeting between the unions and Anastasiades, Pamboridis said the president had asked the unions to come up with an agreement within the framework he had provided.The government admitted that state doctors’ salaries required review and adjustment and that good doctors should be given incentives to remain in the public health sector.Pamboridis had said it was necessary to match state doctors’ salary demands with those practices that would be adopted under hospital autonomy to increase productivity and improve the quality of healthcare.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoMarie Claire | HanacureMeet The Beauty Equivalent To TIME’s Person Of The Year AwardMarie Claire | HanacureUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionType in your name and wait 8 seconds. It’s crazy what this site reveals about people.TruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Read More

Nicosia hosts fifth Trilateral Summit between CyprusGreeceEgypt

first_imgThe fifth trilateral Summit between Cyprus, Greece, and Egypt will be taking place in Nicosia on Tuesday.President  Nicos Anastasiades , Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will hold talks, which will mainly cover the energy sector and their cooperation as well as the geopolitical developments in the region.After the talks, the three leaders will sign a Memorandum of Cooperation and will make statements to the Press.A working lunch is also scheduled in honour of President Fattah el -Sisi and Premier Tsipras.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Read More

Rep Hughes bill providing college credit for military service advances to Michigan

first_img27Mar Rep. Hughes bill providing college credit for military service advances to Michigan Senate Tags: #SB Categories: Hughes News,Newscenter_img Rep. Hughes, Vice Chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, stood alongside her Chairman and Vice Chairman, Reps. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) and David Rutledge (D-Ypsilanti), encouraging their colleague’s support of this important piece of legislation.Bi-partisan legislation sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, providing men and women who honorably and heroically served their nation in uniform with university credit for their military experience, unanimously passed the Michigan House of Representatives Thursday.House Bill 4060 would require Michigan’s public universities to inform veterans who apply to attend the school that they could receive college credit for their past military service, and also require that the universities review a veteran’s Joint Services Transcript.Rep. Hughes, Vice Chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, stood alongside her Chairman and Vice Chairman, Reps. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) and David Rutledge (D-Ypsilanti), encouraging their colleague’s support of this important piece of legislation.“I am proud that I could stand with Vice Chair Hughes and Vice Chair Rutledge to support this bill that helps our service members pursue their education goals,” said Barrett.“Representative Tom Barrett has served two tours of duty in Iraq and continues to serve our state and nation in the Michigan National Guard.  There is no doubt that Tom is a man of character and always has our veterans’ best interests in mind,” said Hughes.  “I appreciate Rep. David Rutledge always standing with our veterans and with me today.  He’s a statesman that can always be counted on when it comes to our veterans.”“Rep. Hughes has been a relentless champion of this important legislation that will offer an educational benefit to the veteran men and women of our state,” said Rutledge.  “Having served as an Air Force officer, I understand the need for legislation, and I am pleased to add my enthusiastic support to it.”Passage of this bill followed Rep. Hughes powerful testimony, thanking her colleagues who served and all lawmakers for their commitment to support Michigan veterans.“When you serve our country in the military, your experience and hard-work should be recognized when you transition back into civilian life,” added Hughes.  “Our veterans shouldn’t be taken advantage of by charging them twice and forcing them to take classes over again.  In states that have implemented similar legislation, veterans have seen significant savings, sometimes upwards of $30,000 and a year’s worth of college courses.”House Bill 4060 passed the House 110-0 and will now be considered in the Michigan Senate.###last_img read more

Read More

Rep Hughes schedules January coffee hours across Muskegon County

first_img Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, has scheduled three coffee hour events for Monday, Jan. 11, in Norton Shores, Whitehall and Egleston Township, continuing her strong tradition of representing throughout Muskegon County.“Although I work in Lansing, Muskegon County has always been home,” said Rep. Hughes. “I always appreciate representing our community, working together to get a lot done in 2015 and look forward to talking with people throughout the area as we start 2016.”The Jan. 11 coffee hours will take place at:9:30-10:30 a.m. – Toast N’ Jams, 3462 Henry St., Norton Shores11 a.m.-noon – Mr. Quick, 5501 East Apple Ave., Muskegon12:30-1:30 p.m. – Gary’s Restaurant, 906 East Colby St., WhitehallPeople unable to attend the coffee hour events can schedule an appointment or share their thoughts by calling Rep. Hughes’ Lansing office toll-free at 877-633-0331. Rep. Hughes can also be contacted by email at hollyhughes@house.mi.gor or mail at N-1195 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. Categories: Hughes News,News 18Dec Rep. Hughes schedules January coffee hours across Muskegon Countylast_img read more

Read More

Rep Bellino Line 5 tunnel best option for Michigan families job providers

first_img11Dec Rep. Bellino: Line 5 tunnel best option for Michigan families, job providers Categories: Bellino News,News Representative supports plan forming new tunnel oversight panelState Rep. Joe Bellino said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support is a key step toward energy security for Michigan residents and the creation of thousands of jobs for Michigan workers.Bellino, of Monroe, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a multi-use utility tunnel will allow for the decommissioning of the current Line 5 segment in the Straits and greatly reduce the risk of an oil spill between Michigan’s peninsulas. It will also provide energy security for Michigan families and businesses.“The Great Lakes are critical to our economy and way of life in Michigan. Ensuring families and businesses have access to safe, reliable energy is also essential,” said Bellino, a member of the House Energy Policy Committee. “This solution makes Line 5 safer while it continues to deliver resources to heat Michigan homes and power our economic growth.”The plan laid out in Senate Bill 1197 creates a new, independent authority to provide oversight and take ownership of the proposed tunnel. The new body will be called the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority.Bellino said Enbridge, not taxpayers, will pay for 100 percent of the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the tunnel. Once the company reaches an agreement with the newly created Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, the authority would own the tunnel and provide proper oversight, including a public, transparent process for ongoing operation of the tunnel.“The tunnel project will put people to work, protect our natural resources and heat Michigan homes and businesses – and taxpayers won’t pay a dime for the construction,” Bellino said. “This is a win-win-win for Michigan families, workers and businesses.”###last_img read more

Read More

UK media regulator Ofcom has upheld a ruling by vi

first_imgUK media regulator Ofcom has upheld a ruling by video-on-demand regulatory body ATVOD that content producers, rather than the platform operator, are responsible for the VOD services featuring their content on the Virgin Media cable platform.Ofcom has upheld ATVOD’s ruling that three Viacom companies – Nickelodeon UK Ltd, the Paramount Partnership and MTV Networks Europe – are responsible for the VOD content of Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV respectively on the Virgin Media platform.The three broadcasters had notified ATVOD early last year that they considered Virgin Media to have “editorial responsibility” for the offerings, and that their services should therefore be withdrawn from ATVOD’s directory of notified services.In rejecting the three companies’ appeal against the VOD regulator’s ruling, Ofcom took the view that ATVOD “made substantively the correct decision for the correct reasons”.The decision means that the three Viacom companies rather than Virgin Media are responsible for ensuring that the services comprising their VOD programmes on Virgin Media comply with the statutory rules which apply to on-demand programme services.“This is a complex area and the appeal system  is a vital part of  the process, giving service providers, in particular, greater clarity over where regulatory responsibility lies,” said ATVOD CEO Pete Johnson.last_img read more

Read More

Sky Deutschland has made significant inroads with

first_imgSky Deutschland has made significant inroads with its value-added services. The German pay TV operator has announced subscriber growth for its HD and DVR services, while use of its multiscreen platform has also increased.Sky ended the first quarter with 508,000 Sky Plus DVR customers, up from 81,000 a year earlier, while Premium HD customers increased from 664,000 to 1.017 million.Sky’s multiscreen service Sky Go has grown in popularity, with 6.231 million viewer sessions during the quarter, compared with 4.562 million a year earlier.Overall, Sky attracted 360,000 new customers in the 12 months ending March 31. It ended the quarter with a total of 3.866 million.“Germany and Austria are amongst the highest potential markets for pay-TV across Europe, and the acceleration of demand across our full product range, as well as outstanding customer satisfaction and recommendation levels, underline the strong momentum in the business. The recent acquisition of the full Bundesliga rights, along with extended rights for other important sports competitions, major Hollywood studio renewals, the forthcoming launch of Sky Atlantic HD, and the milestone agreement with Unitymedia and Kabel BW, give Sky a unique long-term perspective and provide a significantly enhanced opportunity for growth and innovation,” said Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sky Deutschland.Sky increased first quarter revenues by 18% to €318 million.last_img read more

Read More

The European cable industry saw strong growth in d

first_imgThe European cable industry saw strong growth in digital TV, broadband and telephony, with digital TV now representing over half of all cable TV customers, according to the latest figures released by industry association Cable Europe.Cable TV revenues were up 5% to EUR20.5 billion last year. Cable internet revenues amounted to EUR5.6 billion and telephony EUR3.7 billion. Internet is now 27% of cable operators’ business across the EU. Overall cable revenues last year were EUR20.6 billion across the EU27, a EUR1 billion increase year-on-year. VOD saw 24% revenue increase, while digital TV was up 12% last year.Growth in RGUs was 3% last year, taking the total to 106.5 million, with 3.8 million new RGUs coming from the broadband and telephony business lines.The cable industry last year saw digital TV growth, broadband growth and the growth of interactive services, said  Manuel Kohnstamm, president of Cable Europe, at a press conference to mark the start of this week’s Cable Congress event in London.Kohnstamm said most of Cable Europe’s members were now upgrading to DOCSIS 3.0 networks. “Cable is increasingly competing with telcos and fibre companies but in most cases is capable of taking on that competition as well,” he said. He said cable was now delivering an average speed of 32Mbps across Europe, representing a blend of speeds achieved through new and legacy versions of DOCSIS, which was constantly going up. All net growth in cable broadband was attributable to DOCSIS 3.0, said Kohnstamm.Digital TV customers now account for 52.6% of all TV customers. The number of digital subs is now greater than the number of analogue customers for the first time. Digital revenues exceeded analogue revenues in 2009. The number of TV households connected to cable TV has been going down because of former high rates of analogue penetration, Kohnstamm said.Executive chairman Matthias Kurth said that digital-terrestrial switchover had led cable subscribers to migrate to digital as more digital channels became available. “We are now also seeing that people are paying for prime video services,” he said. “VOD is still at a low level but there is momentum,” said Kurth. He said that the addition of services such as time-shifting and other forms of advanced functionality such as DVR were also driving digital take-up.Kurth said that Cable Europe had convinced the EU successfully that public money should only be used in areas where there is no other high-quality network available. On the public policy side, Kurth said Cable Europe was still concerned about simplifying copyright rules. “The Commission is also looking at that because they see it as a possible obstacle to a better customer experience,” he said.The EU is producing a Green Paper on connected TV and Cable Europe is keen to deliver its input, Kurth said. He said that regulation in this area should not be overdone as it was essential to allow room for innovation.“For next-generation services such as advanced broadband there should not be a too tight cost regulation in the first instance,” he said. “Regulators should not take on a bottom up type of cost regulation, not only for us but for regulated businesses,” said Kurth.Kurth said cable operators were working on developing a mobile play in the form of extended WiFi availability, not only offering hotspots but opening up their subscriber WiFi clouds for public use. “We might not have spectrum but still have a mobile arm in the form of WiFi,” he said.last_img read more

Read More

Al Jazeeraowned French sports broadcaster BeIN Sp

first_imgAl Jazeera-owned French sports broadcaster BeIN Sport has acquired the rights to the World handball championships for both men’s and women’s events for the 2015 and 2017 competitions.International Handball Federation president Hassan Moustafa and beIN Media Group CEO Nasser Al-Hhelaifi signed a deal at the IHF’s HQ in Bâle, Switzerland.beIN Sport will be responsible for TV production and international distribution of the competition.The men’s 2015 championship is set to take place in Qatar, while the women’s competition will take place in Denmark.The men’s 2017 competition will be held in France, while the women’s event will be held in Germany.The championship has until now been broadcast in France by Canal+.BeIN Sport already holds the rights to men’s and women’s Champions League handball for the 2012-13 season.Canal+ retains the rights to the French championship.last_img read more

Read More

UK DTT platform Freeview is set to launch a new co

first_imgUK DTT platform Freeview is set to launch a new connected TV service, with support from four of the seven backers of existing rival YouView. The Freeview-branded service will launch in partnership with Digital UK – an organisation owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva – and is designed to make “the best of broadcast and on-demand TV available free for everyone.”The connected TV proposition will be developed and marketed as part of a five-year plan that will see Freeview offer broadcast and on-demand TV, along with “a range of popular catch-up players”.“The aim will be for manufacturers to launch a new range of connected Freeview HD televisions and boxes which consumers will be able to buy in store. People will be able to watch the service via their TV aerial and current broadband provider without being tied to a contract,” said Freeview and Digital UK.With the announcement, Freeview managing director Ilse Howling has been appointed as managing director of connected TV at Digital UK and will lead a new team dedicated to developing the product specification for the new service – in cooperation with manufacturers and industry bodies.At the same time, Freeview’s marketing communications director, Guy North, has taken over as managing director of Freeview. He will lead the team responsible for TV advertising and marketing campaigns for the Freeview brand and product portfolio.“I’m delighted to be joining Digital UK to lead development of the new connected service.  The company is well placed to develop the next generation specification and work with the supply chain to support a new, mass market service to make connected TV available free, for everyone,” said Howling.Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive of Digital UK, added: “This announcement marks a critical step in the next stage of the platform’s development, ensuring that it will remain as relevant, important and valued by viewers in the future as it is today.”Some industry watchers will see the move as a direct shot at YouView, which was originally conceived as a ‘next generation Freeview,’ but has had most of its uptake driven by the pay TV offerings of its two ISP partners, BT and TalkTalk – not from high street set-top sales.Though YouView’s seven shareholders – the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva – recently agreed to support the platform for at least five more years, the BBC Trust also called for the introduction of new specifications to loosen BT and TalkTalk’s grip on the platform.The BBC’s governing body said last month that YouView was still complying with the terms of its approval for the BBC’s involvement in the project, but said that “some areas of improvement” needed to be delivered as a condition for its continued support for the UK internet-connected TV service. The main condition was that YouView must “promptly” introduce new specifications to allow content providers to deliver content without being required to use BT or TalkTalk’s delivery network.last_img read more

Read More

Slovak Telekom has signed a multiyear deal with s

first_imgSlovak Telekom has signed a multi-year deal with satellite services firm Intelsat to expand its direct-to-home (DTH) services in central and eastern Europe. Through the deal, Slovak Telekom will operate multiple transponders at the Intelsat 1˚ West premier video neighbourhood – which reaches 17 million households across 17 northern, central and eastern European countries.Intelsat’s terrestrial network, IntelsatOne, will provide uplink from Intelsat’s Fuchsstadt, Germany, Teleport with fibre contribution from Bratislava and a provision for disaster recovery uplink services.“Intelsat’s global scale and portfolio of services enabled them to rapidly respond and meet our needs for a cost-efficient solution that will deepen and expand our relationships with new and existing subscribers,” said Dušan Švalek, Slovak Telekom’s chief mass market segment officer.Intelsat’s vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Jean-Philippe Gillet, added: “Slovak Telekom’s decision to move their services to Intelsat further demonstrates that 1˚ West is the orbital location of choice for the CEE region. We look forward to providing them with the capacity and solutions they need to increase their subscriber base within the region.”last_img read more

Read More

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has struck a sixy

first_imgMiddle East pay TV provider OSN has struck a six-year exclusive deal with movie distributor Gulf Film that includes an all-transaction window giving it the right to make Gulf Film content available across all platforms on an exclusive basis.In what it claims as a regional first, OSN will secure rights to close 1,000 titles in Arabic and English exclusively for a period of six years across platforms including OSN Play, its free-to-subscribers multiscreen on-demand service, and Go, its OTT TV service for non-subscribers.All films will be available in HD shortly after their theatrical release. Titles covered by the deal include Dirty Grandpa starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, Colossal starring Anne Hathaway, The Headhunter’s Calling starring Gerard Butler, and Russell Crowe’s Fathers and Daughters.OSN will also provide movie fans the added opportunity to watch some 56 trailers of the newest movies playing at Novo Cinemas, owned by Gulf Film, daily on its various channels. Gulf Film will cross-promote OSN content at all Novo Cinema screens across the Middle East.David Butorac, CEO of OSN, said: “The exclusive multi-year output deal with Gulf Film is industry-defining for the MENA region. It marks the first time that an exclusive content sharing agreement has been signed with the region’s leading distributor of films. While OSN has built an incredible library of content through our ‘only-on-OSN’ partnerships with leading Hollywood studios, our association with Gulf Film significantly enhances our brand-new film content to define OSN as the home of blockbuster and the latest movies.”Selim El Azar, CEO, Gulf Film, said: “As the pioneering film distribution house in the region, Gulf Film brings new theatrical releases every week. Through our partnership with OSN, we can further strengthen the visibility of our new releases via movie trailers and other behind-the-scenes looks. OSN subscribers will also have the opportunity to watch their favourite movies first on television on their network, and in truly spectacular HD quality. OSN will be the only platform to offer these movies to viewers in the region.”last_img read more

Read More

Mike Fries ITVs market valuation and the premium

first_imgMike FriesITV’s market valuation and the premium that would be required to buy it means that the commercial broadcaster is “not interesting” as an acquisition target to Liberty Global, according to president and CEO Mike Fries.Answering an analyst question on ITV, in which Liberty Global holds a 9.9% stake, after the cable giant reported less than stellar first quarter financials, Fries said: “If ITV was trading at a much lower multiple it might be interesting, but with where it is trading today and the premium that would be required, it is not interesting.”Fries said that “there is no change” in Liberty’s position. He said that departing chief executive Adam Crozier had been “a great CEO”, but that his departure had no impact on Liberty Global’s view of the company as a target.Fries said that content “is important to us” and cited the example of its investment in sports channels in Switzerland and the Netherlands. However, he said the company was focused on opportunities that are “accretive…and not dilutive”, even if it occasionally looked at opportunities purely from a strategic point of view.Crozier’s departure from the UK’s leading commercial broadcaster, combined with the Brexit-related decline in the value of sterling, has fuelled renewed speculation that ITV could be subject to a takeover attempt by a larger media group.In March a regulatory filing to the London stock exchange revealed that Goldman Sachs had acquired a 25% stake in ITV through a number of trades in derivatives and contracts-for-difference, with Liberty Global believed to have lent some stock to Goldman Sachs.The move briefly led to renewed speculation about an acquisition move, with ITV’s stock spiking. However, the company’s share price fell back subsequently as investors concluded no immediate deal was in the offing.last_img read more

Read More

Bonnie Pan AwesomenessTV has hired Endemol Shine B

first_imgBonnie PanAwesomenessTV has hired Endemol Shine Beyond’s former president, Bonnie Pan, as head of network.In the newly created role, Pan will oversee video and editorial content across AwesomnessTV’s YouTube channel, social video platforms and all owned and operated platforms.Pan will report to AwesomenessTV’s new CEO Jordan Levin and its president Brett Bouttier, and work closely with Joe Davola, who is co-founder and creative consultant at the channel.The appointment comes after AwesomenessTV co-founder Brian Robbins exited, later turning up at Paramount Pictures to lead a new youth-skewed division, Paramount Players.AwesomenessTV is focused on premium programming targeted at young adults.“Bonnie is the rare executive who has been an early leader in all aspects of this rapidly changing industry,” said Levin.“From her experience in online video at Yahoo, to partnering with influencers at Maker Studios, and original production at Endemol, she brings with her a depth of experience and boundless creative enthusiasm that will benefit the AwesomenessTV network tremendously.”Endemol Shine North America closed its digital video studio Endemol Beyond USA in June, ending Pan’s run as president. Endemol has looked to move its digital and distribution efforts away from US operations and into the wider business.Prior to her role at Endemol Pan acted as executive vice president at Maker Studios for two years.last_img read more

Read More

UK regulator Ofcom has made two new appointments t

first_imgUK regulator Ofcom has made two new appointments to its content board.Monisha ShahThe media and telecoms watchdog has named Monisha Shah and Jonathan Baker to the board, which provides editorial and content advice and is made up of people who have worked for UK broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, S4C and Sky.Both Shah and Baker will serve three-year terms, ending on September 30 2020.Jonathan BakerShah is currently chair of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, a non-executive director of Imagen, a media management technology company, and an Independent director of publishing company Next Mediaworks. She worked at BBC Worldwide for 10 years until 2010.Baker is currently the founding Professor of Journalism at the University of Essex. He was previously editor of the BBC’s main flagship evening news programme and also as BBC World news editor, deputy head of newsgathering and as head of the College of Journalism, responsible for training BBC journalists.last_img read more

Read More

The number of unique viewers for eSports events an

first_imgThe number of unique viewers for eSports events and games-related content will reach 858 million by 2022, equal to roughly a tenth of the world’s population, according to Juniper Research.The research firm estimates that viewers of competitive eSports tournaments and ‘let’s play’ content – such as tutorials and talk-throughs of games content – will climb from 630 million viewers in 2018.Juniper’s ‘eSports, Let’s Play & Watch Play’ report claims that growth in viewership will be driven by the popularity of Battle Royale titles, where dozens of players face-off in ‘last-man standing’ competitions.It also said that games titles like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite are attracting new audiences and opening up a “more diverse demographic” to eSports.Epic Games announced in March that it will provide US$100 million to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions in 2018-2019 – the game’s first year of competitive play.Juniper predicts that this prize pot will lead to substantial growth in ‘let’s play’ viewership of the game, expecting this to exceed 12 billion hours on YouTube alone.It also claims that prize pools will result in the greater integration of ‘loot boxes’ – purchasable in-game items – and content giveaways as a monetisation strategy for eSports tournaments.“Loot boxes play upon gamers’ desire to have the most prestigious and sought-after items, whether these be weapons or cosmetic goods,” said Juniper analyst and report author, Lauren Foye.“By offering these as time-limited content during popular events, tournament hosts will be able to drive substantial funding and interest from players.”last_img read more

Read More

Triple play provider Delta Fiber Netherlands whic

first_imgTriple play provider Delta Fiber Netherlands, which operates under the brands Delta and Caiway, has chosen Metrological to provide a new, integrated TV app experience for its TV subscribers. The service is available as of this week.Ludolf Rasterhoff, CCO, Delta said: “Metrological enables us to provide our customers a complete, new and easy way to access their favourite series, programmes, films and internet content. Any time, any place, any device. This solution is fully integrated with our interactive TV platform and provides our customers a totally new, interactive viewing experience on both TV and mobile devices. Metrological removes all complexity of integrating content and gives us the flexibility to offer our customers new content to improve customer loyalty.”Thijs Bijleveld, SVP of sales and marketing, Metrological added: “Bringing unique and regionalised OTT and app content into the TV experience enhances and personalises the TV viewing experience. Metrological remains committed to making the process of integrating apps and OTT content into a single viewer experience as seamless as possible for operators.”Delta’s open fibre network currently covers nearly 10% of the Dutch households – with strong rural coverage. It provides services via its own brands and third party brands. Metrological works with a wide range of cabsat companies including Comcast, KPN, Liberty Global, Vodafone, Turkcell and beIN.last_img read more

Read More

ShareTweet

first_imgShareTweet POLICE in Derry are advising the public to be on their guard when faced with an unwanted cold caller to their door.It follows a number of recent reports of people calling at homes trying to get vulnerable people to buy goods.Supt. Simon Walls said: “Older and more vulnerable members of the community may feel pressurised into accepting goods or service from cold callers.] “Therefore the following advice should be shared with anyone you know who lives alone or requires extra support.• Think before you open the door – use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.• Ask callers for proof of identity. Genuine tradespeople should carry a photographic identification card. Check this carefully.• Be wary of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or there is something wrong with one of the utilities in your home.– they may have an accomplice who is waiting to act on this distraction.• If you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return.• If a person’s behaviour is suspicious call the police on 101 or in an emergency 999. He added: “Police also have a Nominated Neighbour Scheme whereby if a caller arrives when you are alone in the house, they can be shown a card instructing them to contact your ‘Nominated Neighbour’, who will then try and check the caller’s identity avoiding the need for you to open your front door.“The forms can be downloaded from our website or contact a local officer who can provide them free of charge https://www.psni.police.uk/news/campaigns/nominated-neighbour-scheme/.center_img “For details of current scams and how to avoid becoming a victim of a scam go to the Scamwise NI internet site at www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/scamwiseni.POLICE IN DERRY WARNING PUBLIC OVER BOGUS HOUSE CALLERS was last modified: June 7th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: POLICE IN DERRY WARNING PUBLIC OVER BOGUS HOUSE CALLERSlast_img read more

Read More

Pinterest

first_img Pinterest Next PostWest Virginia population drops for 6th straight year Tumblr Google+ Mail Home NewsWatch Democrats to start presidential primary debates in June 2019 Facebook The Democratic Party will hold at least a dozen presidential primary debates from June 2019 through April 2020.Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez says there will be six debates in 2019 and six in 2020.Exact dates, locations, media partners and qualifying thresholds will be announced later. But Perez said Thursday that early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina won’t host debates until 2020.June and July debates will feature two rounds to accommodate a large field of candidates.Candidates will be assigned at random to avoid having the party choosing who is a top-tier candidate, and the early debate qualifying threshold will consider factors other than polling.Perez says his priority is for all candidates to have a legitimate shot to be heard. NewsWatchPolitical News Democrats to start presidential primary debates in June 2019 By Tyler BarkerDec 20, 2018, 12:35 pm 224 0 Twitter Previous PostMillions raised for border wall on veteran’s GoFundMe page Linkedin 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 tbarker@woay.comlast_img read more

Read More

Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy students

first_imgTuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy students were working hard today in Duncanville, building and competing at the same time.Students in TCTA’s carpentry and electrical program took part in a design build competition at the Local 372 Apprenticeship Training Center. Their goal? Build the best 8 feet by 10 feet storage building, complete with one door and one window.Some of those students said it’s a welcome experience.“It’s a great way to learn and build kind of fast, but do everything right,” said Northridge High School student Sam Falls.Paul W. Bryant High School student Jordan Owens said he’s glad he can get out of the classroom.“I like interacting with other people,” he said. “Seeing new people. Making new friends.”The competition concludes Friday, and afterwards the storage buildings students made will be for sale.If you’re interested, call TCTA to find out more information at 205-759-3649.last_img read more

Read More