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Indigenous experience more than the outback

first_imgTNS – Jo Farquhar Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Domestic travel could go a long way, according to a study which found correcting misconceptions and stereotypes attached to Indigenous travel experiences could boost home grown holidays. According to results from a TNS Domesticate survey, Aussies link holidays surrounding Indigenous experiences to the outback and in turn hard work and prefer to postpone domestic trips for international vacations. TNS Travel and Leisure senior consultant Jo Farquhar said at the Domesticate Press Launch that Indigenous related trips have the potential to boost domestic travel numbers but the industry faces the challenge of shaking preconceived ideas. “When people are asked what they think of Indigenous experiences… they strongly associate it with the outback,” Ms Farquhar said. “When you probe further you start to get people saying that it is about sharing ideas and learning but that strong association with the outback is a challenge.” Ms Farquhar said that the misconception is that people are not aware that Indigenous experiences are not always based around outback experiences unless you are travelling to destinations like the Northern Territory. Research found that people surveyed were unable to name Indigenous tourism experiences in coastal or city areas and limit their searches to the outback. However, Australians aware of inter-city Indigenous attractions deemed them as “contrived and artificial” as well as organised to attract overseas travellers. “There is a perception that these experiences are largely designed for overseas visitors, who are unfamiliar with the culture and wish to see the stereotypes,” Ms Farquhar stated. The TNS Domesticate survey found that while 2010 domestic travel figures were slight increased from 2009, overseas travel continues to be the focus of Aussie holiday makers. The study was performed in November last year and is the fourth to be released by TNS since 2006. See e-Travel Blackboard on Monday for more on the TNS Domesticate survey.last_img read more

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Celtic Bank Welcomes Mortgage Industry Veteran as New VP

first_img In Utah, “”Celtic Bank””:http://www.celticbank.com/ has hired a mortgage industry veteran as the company’s new vice president of business development. [IMAGE]The bank recently announced the appointment of Steven L. Mathews to the leadership role.[COLUMN_BREAK]Mathews joins Celtic from his previous position with “”Oce North America””:www.oce.com/, where he was the head of the small business administration unit. In addition, Mathews boasts more than 17 years of experience throughout the consumer and commercial lending sectors.””As one of the leaders in the SBA world, Celtic is often approached by quality candidates for our business development team. However, we don’t always encounter candidates of Mr. Mathews’ caliber. He’s one of those rare individuals in our industry who combines solid business practices with progressive thinking,”” noted Celtic’s senior vice president, Mike Endo.Salt Lake City-based Celtic provides small business, real estate, and construction loans around the U.S. Currently, the company is an Equal Housing, Preferred SBA, and FHA approved lender. Celtic Bank Welcomes Mortgage Industry Veteran as New VP in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology June 22, 2012 439 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-22 Abby Gregory Sharelast_img read more

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New Year Brings Another Decline in Freddies Portfolio

first_imgNew Year Brings Another Decline in Freddie’s Portfolio Delinquency Freddie Mac Mortgage-Backed Securities Refinance 2014-02-25 Colin Robins Share February 25, 2014 481 Views center_img Freddie Mac released its monthly volume summary for January 2014, noting its total mortgage portfolio decreased at an annualized rate of 1.9 percent in January. Except for a slight uptick in December, the portfolio’s ending balance has been declining since July 2013.The summary notes the unpaid principal balance (UPB) of mortgage-related investments decreased by approximately $7.1 billion in January.Mortgage-related securities and other commitments increased at an annualized rate of 1 percent in January, down from the previous month’s growth rate of 2.3 percent.Single-family refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume was $10.5 billion in January, representing 55 percent of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases or issuances.Single-family loans saw their seriously delinquent rate decrease, falling from 2.39 percent in December to 2.34 percent in January. The multi-family delinquent rate decreased slightly from 0.09 percent in December to 0.05 percent in JanuaryThe report notes, “Relief refinance mortgages comprised approximately 34 percent of our total single-family refinance volume during January 2014 based on unpaid principal balance.”Freddie Mac reported 6,094 loan modifications for the month of January 2014. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Singita Faru Faru Lodge

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSingita Faru Faru Lodge recently unveiled its new look, inspired by its wilderness setting along a riverside slope in the Serengeti. Drawing cues from traditional African craft, combined with the inspiration from Scandinavian simplicity, Singita Faru Faru Lodge embodies an effortless yet elegant feel, paying homage to its legacy of cutting-edge design.The lodge boasts a back-to-basics colour palette of bone, ivory, nude and clay, which combines perfectly with the rustic, authentic bush appeal. Added to that, the fresh, clean-lined modernity allows the animals and nature to take centre stage. This minimalistic approach is less about the space itself and more about how one lives in it, using natural textures and materials to create rich, cosy layers throughout the lodge.The revitalised Singita Faru Faru Lodge exudes warmth, pureness of form and functionality. Touches of the clean, crisp geometry of African tribal pattern add to the contemporary feel and nods towards the evolution of modern design on the continent. The work of local artisans — from handcrafted furniture to unique fittings and bespoke objects — are displayed in all rooms and provide the perfect backdrop to this restrained design philosophy.The main living and dining areas are more expansive, with new enclosed dining and lounge areas creating shady places of retreat. An interactive kitchen will add a new dynamic to the dining experience, while open seating areas have been pulled forward, bringing guests closer to nature. New central areas have been added, including a Singita signature bar-deli, encouraging guests to enjoy drinks together, share a meal and marvel at the breathtaking views.Singita Faru Faru Lodge is set in western Tanzania, where guests have exclusive access to 140,000 hectares of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem – the renowned migratory route traversed by millions of wildebeest every year – which is protected by the dedicated conservation team at the Grumeti Fund. Since its inception in 2002, the Grumeti Fund has invested funding as well as the commitment, energy and expertise of its team into supporting community projects with Singita. Together, the two have spearheaded projects like the Anti-Poaching Canine Unit, Elephant Collaring Experience and the newly established Serengeti Girls Run. In this partnership, Singita and the Grumeti Fund apply the best of tourism and conservation to create programs that benefit the local communities, wildlife and land of the Serengeti. MEANWHILE, Singita has this month appointed Léa Seguier as its Sales Manager for Australia and New Zealand. Seguier has worked with a suite of luxury hospitality companies, including Belmond Observatory Hotel and Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (Oetker Collection) in Europe and as Communications and Sales Director for La Réserve Group of hotels in ANZ.Léa is based in Australia and represents Singita exclusively, working closely with Caroline Burke to develop this market and look after valuable trade partnerships in the region.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Rep Marino opens Lansing office announces contact info

first_img04Jan Rep. Marino opens Lansing office, announces contact info State Rep. Steve Marino officially opened his Lansing office to serve people in the 24th House District and announced important contact information for people to easily reach him and his staff.People can contact Rep. Marino by phone at (517) 373-0113; mail correspondence to S788 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514; or by e-mail at stevemarino@house.mi.gov.“I am eager to get to work and begin serving residents in Harrison, Clinton and Macomb townships,” said Rep. Marino, R-Harrison Township.  “The Republican Legislature has made tremendous strides in permanently ending wasteful government spending and fostering a healthy economy, but more can be done. I urge people to contact me with questions or suggestions.”Mary Kay Sogge of Harrison Township and Barry Szczesny, a Royal Oak resident, will serve as Rep. Marino’s legislative aides.Rep. Marino also plans to conduct monthly in-district office hours to give area residents a convenient opportunity to speak directly with him.##### Categories: Marino News,Newslast_img read more

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Rep Marino welcomes local pastor for House invocation

first_img Categories: Marino News,Marino Photos 08Sep Rep. Marino welcomes local pastor for House invocation State Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) today welcomed Rev. Michael J. Lutz to the Capitol to deliver the invocation prior to House session. Lutz is the assistant pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Macomb Township. He was invited as part of House tradition in which lawmakers bring local clergy to the Capitol to give the invocation before the start of session.last_img read more

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Rep Farrington bills allow for reallife training for forensic professionals

first_img Legislation introduced by state Rep. Diana Farrington allowing forensic professionals to use real-life recorded interviews for training purposes were passed with overwhelming support by the Michigan House today.Child Advocacy Center (CAC) forensic interviewers conduct interviews of children in cases of abuse and neglect. Forensic interviewers follow the Forensic Interviewing Protocol, which means they must remain neutral and unbiased and avoid any leading questions to ensure an impartial child abuse and neglect investigation. This practice reduces trauma to children while protecting the rights of the accused.According to CAC officials, there is a growing number of CACs throughout the state and due to the importance of forensic interviewing, recordings of real-life forensic interviews are a great resource for training individuals to conduct fair and impartial interviews of children.“Interviewing vulnerable children is a delicate process. Information must be collected without influencing or coercing the children, who are sometimes reluctant to share,” said Farrington, of Utica. “One of the best ways for professionals to gain knowledge and understanding of proper procedure is to view real-life examples.”Under Farrington’s proposed bill, recordings would not be used for training unless authorization is given by the child’s legal guardian as well as the prosecuting attorney from the county where the interview was conducted.House Bills 5402-03 now head to the Senate for consideration.### Tags: Child Protective Services, Forensics 08Mar Rep. Farrington bills allow for real-life training for forensic professionalscenter_img Categories: Diana Farrington Newslast_img read more

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The Rapfogel Story Continues with Killing Affordable NYC Housing

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares March 23, 2014; New York TimesSeveral Nonprofit Quarterly newswires have touched on the alleged financial depredations of one William Rapfogel, who was fired last fall from the Metropolitan New York Council on Jewish Poverty for a variety of illegal financial transactions under the cover of the nonprofit. One of our newswires described Rapfogel’s primary “mistake” as having orchestrated a $5 million kickback scheme, though this article from the New York Times puts the extent of Rapfogel’s alleged plundering of the Met Council at $7 million.This NYT article by Ross Buettner discusses Rapfogel, his good friend Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, the late former mayor Ed Koch, and former City Comptroller Jay Goldin, conspiring together with nonprofits such as the United Jewish Council of the Lower East Side (co-founded by Rapfogel’s father and, for a time, represented in legal proceedings by its counsel, Silver) to keep the Seward Park urban renewal area along Delancey Street vacant. The site had been affordable housing before the urban renewal scheme displaced 1,800 families, mostly Puerto Rican, who had lived there before the demolition.The article describes the Silver/Rapfogel effort to oppose affordable housing at Seward Park as part of “a struggle to preserve the Jewish identity of the neighborhood,” but to those of us who have had experience in urban renewal schemes that displaced hundreds or thousands of families, it sounds more like keeping low-income people of color out of a neighborhood and trying to ensure that they were replaced by a higher income and less minority demographic. The plans of Silver and Rapfogel to ostensibly keep Seward Park Jewish would be “at the expense of other communities,” preferring 50 years of vacant land over housing that would accommodate some of the displaced families.There were local activists who favored redeveloping the site for housing over the years, notably Frances Goldin at the Lower East Side Joint Planning Council and Harriet Cohen of the Seward Park Area Redevelopment Coalition, but Silver, Rapfogel, and others were operating behind the scenes, making representations and decisions about the site that local leaders—and other groups interested in the site, like the Chinatown Planning Council—weren’t aware of. Typical were reports that Silver was telling people that “the community” didn’t want housing on the Seward Park redevelopment site.Ultimately, Silver and Rapfogel picked a plan for a big box store with no housing to be developed by Bruce Ratner, the Forest City Ratner Companies principal who was behind the development of the Atlantic Yards project that Silver also supported and helped provide with lucrative tax breaks. The official sponsor of Ratner’s development would be the South Manhattan Development Corporation, headed by, no coincidence, Rapfogel. Ratner in return employed Rapfogel’s eldest son not long after the kid graduated law school and later helped raise $1 million for Rapfogel’s Met Council. Still later, when rules required developers like Ratner to team up with nonprofit partners, Ratner chose Rapfogel’s Met Council as his partner, a deal that was supposed to have been consummated last year until Rapfogel found himself doing a perp walk and Ratner found himself searching for a new nonprofit ally.Buettner’s article contains many more twists and turns that all lead back to Silver and Rapfogel, whose wife Judy is Silver’s chief of staff. Distressing and disgusting, the Silver/Rapfogel alliance around Seward Park makes one want to take a shower.For all of that, who knows whether any of their machinations were illegal under New York law and regulations, despite the impression that they were almost wholly unethical? The story, however, points out a serious issue: When someone is just about assuredly engaged in unethical if not illegal nonprofit activities in one part of his or her life, it is almost guaranteed not to be an isolated phenomenon.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Michigans Prison Budget Share Bigger Than Any Other State Price We Can

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 15, 2014; Bridge Magazine (via MLife)The research in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s analysis of state government expenditures nationally points to a disturbing trend in the state of Michigan. According to the data, Michigan devotes more money toward its correctional institutions than it does toward its institutions of higher learning. The issue has the cash-strapped state thinking about potential solutions, including ideas that operate against traditional political viewpoints.According to an article originally published in Bridge Magazine and reprinted on mLive, an online Michigan periodical, the issue has “conservatives and liberals alike…saying it is a price Michigan can no longer afford.” The policy reforms being considered by both sides include reducing sentencing guidelines for many non-violent crimes, changes in parole procedures, and release of some sick and elderly prisoners to reduce the costs of expensive mental health and medical care costs.Rep. Joe Haveman, a Republican representing the conservative Holland district and strong advocate for prison reform, stated, “We’ve locked up people for a long time. I don’t believe we’ve created safer communities.” Haverman’s position is backed up by a recent study by the Pew Charitable Trust which states that Michigan’s rate of incarceration dropped 12 percent between 2007 and 2012. During the same period, crime fell 17 percent. Locking up prisoners does not necessarily correspond to lower rates of crime. Additionally, the Michigan Department of Corrections says that the 10 most costly prisoners in the state averaged more than $220,000 in healthcare or mental health expenses in 2013, or a total of $2.2 million.While the trend is toward more support for prison reform, there are those who hold true to traditional notions of crime and punishment, including current Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. In an op-ed written for the Detroit Free Press entitled “Why Juvenile Lifers Need to Stay Behind Bars,” Schuette argues that reducing sentencing “would be penalizing and punishing the family (of crime victims). And they have suffered enough.” Rather than cutting costs through sentence reductions, Schuette believes that Michigan should reduce the wages of corrections employees and the cost of services to meet budget needs.The issue brings out the passion of many on both sides of the argument. Those who favor stronger sentencing cite cases like that of the late Willie C. Rice, a Michigan man who was killed while frying fish. Parolee Derrick Hewlett was one of two men convicted in the murder; Hewlett had been paroled a year before killing Rice, having served just 20 months of a 20-year sentence.Haveman understands the challenges, but states, “You can’t ever say that nothing bad is going to happen. When we’ve determined that someone has paid their debt to society, we have to be willing to take a risk and let them out.”—John BrothersShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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A Different Economic Development Embracing Equity in Rural Settings

first_imgShare30TweetShareEmail30 SharesSeptember 11, 2018; News Gazette (Winchester, IN)Many rural communities struggle to find ways to stimulate and maintain the local economy and build community wealth. Those that succeed have moved away from more traditional approaches of economic development and have embraced a more holistic way of thinking about the economy that considers local assets and various types of capital needed to catalyze development. One community employing this approach is Randolph County, Indiana, where the local economic development corporation has embarked on an economic development planning process in conjunction with the Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research, as well as the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI). This new effort will focus on building community wealth through emphasizing the community’s overall well-being as a driver for economic development, and using economic and social data to inform strategy. For nonprofits working on economic and community development in rural areas, this new venture highlights valuable ways to partner with local institutions.RUPRI has several programs that address challenges confronting rural America. Through their Rural Wealth Creation Analytic Program, the institute identified eight types of capital that are interrelated and are synthesized into a comprehensive framework on rural wealth. This framework rests on two central theses: 1) Wealth—defined in a comprehensive fashion—must be the focus of well-being, and 2) comprehensive wealth is the stock, or value, of all assets; and well-being depends on the benefits that flow from these various assets.By defining wealth more comprehensively, RUPRI’s approach offers insight into how to build wealth by drawing upon multiple types of assets. In their methodology, RUPRI has identified physical, financial, human, intellectual, political, natural, social, and cultural capital as categories of assets that work in tandem to create the quality of well-being in a community.Approaches such as RUPRI’s use research and are important to share, given the real challenges that many rural communities face. According to a recent report by NeighborWorks, Turning the Tide on Persistent Rural Poverty: Blueprint for a Path Forward, rural America accounts for less than 20 percent of the country’s overall population, yet 85 percent of persistent poverty counties are outside of metro areas. Many rural areas have struggled with population losses, the inability to adapt to a changing economy, and a lack of access to resources and investments to help them be competitive. Furthermore, many rural areas are without government or philanthropic funding, have experienced an erosion of financial institutions that provide business lending, and are without sufficient community development resources. The rise of banking deserts in rural areas, in particular, is a concern for economic development efforts, as many small and regional banks have dissolved or been absorbed by larger banks who deploy their resources in more profitable markets.Many different groups have focused on rural community and economic development challenges to bridge the gap in services and resources. As NPQ reported in March, The Lilly Endowment announced a $10 million grant to the Center for Rural Engagement at Indiana University Bloomington, whose goal is “to improve the lives and opportunities of Hoosiers by working with partners to discover and deploy evidence-based, data-informed and scalable solutions to common challenges facing rural communities.” NPQ also recently reported on an effort in Montana to develop a rural investment cooperative named Unleashing Local Capital, through the Montana Cooperative Development Center.Several foundations and philanthropic efforts also aim to jumpstart development and support rural economic development efforts. The Orton Family Foundation’s Community Heart and Soul model, which focuses on changing the narrative to “what’s possible,” has supported more than 30 rural communities through their engagement model. ArtPlace America, which is a 10-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions, has supported several rural communities through their creative placemaking grant program and community development investments.Raising the profile of efforts that support rural development is a priority, and is a focus of the Aspen Institute’s Rural Development Innovation Group, which began in 2016 as a network focused on advancing wealth building approaches to leverage local assets, create jobs, and build regional and local capacity to adapt to changing conditions. Among the resources through this program is a speaker series entitled America’s Rural Opportunity, which highlights different wealth-building strategies and rural economic development efforts throughout the country as a way to raise awareness. By helping people in rural areas explore and understand economic development approaches that work, the goal of this initiative is to help the public, private, and philanthropic sectors identify what they can do to improve the prospects in rural communities.Investing in rural communities and their long-term well-being is something most people can get behind. By sharing frameworks and success stories, the examples, tools, and approaches highlighted here point to progress that nonprofits in rural areas should consider exploring to deepen their work.—Derrick RhaynShare30TweetShareEmail30 Shareslast_img read more

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Sky Deutschland expects to achieve positive fully

first_imgSky Deutschland expects to achieve positive full-year EBITDA for this year and strong growth thereafter, following a 2012 in which it increased its premium HD customer base by over half and more than doubled its Sky Plus DVR base.Sky HD customers increased by 56% in 2012 to reach 1.514 million, while the Sky Plus DVR base grew by 126% to reach 929,000. Multiroom customers increased by 98% to 346,000.Sky Go, the operator’s TV Everywhere service, saw use increase by 355% to 33.3 million logins. Sky last week introduced its Sky Guide on the service, enabling customer to programme their Sky Plus DVR from the Sky Go app on their iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as via the web.Sky had a total customer base of 3.363 million at the end of the year, up 12%.The operator posted revenues of €1.333 billion, up 17%, and negative EBITDA of €51.1 million, an improvement of €104.4 million year-on-year.“In 2012 we have achieved a strong operating profit, which was mainly driven by our customer focus and the ongoing expansion of our programming and product offerings. The excellent response to our innovative services like Sky Go and Sky Anytime reflect our high customer satisfaction and customer retention levels and clearly demonstrate the potential for further growth,” said CEO Brian Sullivan.last_img read more

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UK commercial broadcaster ITV has launched a premi

first_imgUK commercial broadcaster ITV has launched a premium version of its ITV Player app for Apple devices that allows users to view content without advertising for £3.99 (€4.68) a month.The move makes ITV the first UK commercial broadcaster to give mobile viewers the option to watch catch-up TV without adverts.ITV said the app was part of its ongoing strategy to test new business models in the online arena and deliver content to viewers in new ways.Viewers with the premium version of the app can watch the last 30 days of ITV’s catch-up content across TV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV without advertising, as well as live simulcast of ITV3 and ITV4 via WiFi and 3G.Catch-up content with ads and the live simulcast of ITV’s main channel and ITV2 will continue to be available via the free ITV Player app.James Micklethwait, online product director, ITV said: “As part of ITV’s ongoing transformation plan, a key priority for the online team is to drive new revenue streams by exploiting our content across multiple platforms, and the launch of the ad-free ITV Player app is a further step on that journey.”ITV said that its iOS app had been downloaded seven million times to date.last_img read more

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Polish broadcaster TVN Group has given Joanna Tylm

first_imgPolish broadcaster TVN Group has given Joanna Tylman, the acting director for its female-skewing lifestyle network TVN Style, the fulltime director’s role.Tylman has been filling in on an interim basis since June 2013 and was deputy director of TVN Style between then and 2009.Prior to that, she worked at the ITI Film Studio as a specialist in film and television production and post-production, and was also a production manager.“Acting as TVN Style director Joanna proved to be a an efficient and effective head of the channel. Her formal appointment to director’s position confirms that here in TVN we appreciate and promote outstanding, proven staff members and provide them with opportunities of promotion,” said Małgorzata Łupina, deputy director for programming for TVN’s thematic channels.last_img read more

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TVNowned business and international news channel

first_imgTVN-owned business and international news channel TVN24 Biznes i Świat saw a peak audience of 200,000 viewers for its coverage of the protests in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and achieved a total all-day audience of as many as 1.34 million in the month since its, launch, according to the Polish broadcaster, citing audience statistic compiled by Nielsen.‘We still have a long way to go before we consolidate the position we have attained,” said Adam Pieczyński, TVN’s management board member in charge of news and current affairs and editor-in-chief of TVN24 and TVN24 Biznes i Świat.“We are fully aware that there are things that need to be improved and we are working to bring about changes that will allow Polish viewers to feel they are experiencing real-time coverage of world events. Meanwhile, though, these early figures confirm our underlying perception that the Poles are becoming increasingly interested in international affairs and serve to reassure us that TVN24 Biznes i Świat is a valuable addition to TVN24’s programme schedule.”last_img read more

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Former KidsCo CEO Paul Robinson has joined Germany

first_imgFormer KidsCo CEO Paul Robinson has joined Germany’s Your Family Entertainment to lead expansion of its children’s channels yourfamily and RiC TV.Robinson, who is now managing director of his own consultancy firm Creative Media Partners, is taking over the strategic and operative international roll-out of the channels beyond German-speaking Europe.YFE was a key content supplier to KidsCo, the international children’s channel that was discontinued last year. “There is a gap in the market now that KidsCo has disappeared and YFE is best placed to fill that gap for platforms,” said Robinson.YFE’s yourfamily channel operates as a pay TV service in German-speaking Europe, while RiC TV launched as a free-TV channel in September 2012.The company also runs 20 mobile channels, and has a content library including shows such as Enid Blyton, Fix und Foxi and Urmel.Robinson has been consulting since leaving Andy Heyward’s A Squared Entertainment, where he had been tasked with building the firm internationally. Before that, he had built KidsCo up into a globally-distributed channel after launching it 2005.Prior to that, he was senior VP at Walt Disney Television International.He exited KidsCo in 2011 as the channel was taken over by shareholder NBCUniversal. The Comcast business then decided to close the network after acquiring all the shares in US preschool channel Sprout.“Paul Robinson is the expert in the international kids television business,” said Stefan Piëch, CEO of Your Family Entertainment. “Highly innovative, he manages to set up operations very effectively. It is time for the success story of both, our award wining pay channel yourfamily and the roll out of “RiC” our innovative well-received free TV channel, to be continued beyond German speaking Europe.”last_img read more

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Modes of TV reception in France 200813 Over two i

first_imgModes of TV reception in France 2008-13Over two in five French households – 40.7% – received TV via ADSL or fibre by the end of last year, according to the latest survey from media regulator the CSA. However, growth in IPTV has begun to level off, increasingly by only 0.8% in the previous six months.Digital-terrestrial TV remained the primary mode of reception for French households at the end of the fourth quarter, with 57.9% receiving a DTT signal, down from 59.7% in June. Satellite reception was stable at 25%, while cable fell by half a point to 8.4%.About three homes in 10 had more than one form of TV reception, with only one in three only receiving DTT. About one in five only received IPTV while 14.1% received a combination of IPTV and DTT.About 82.8% of French homes had a TV capable of playing HD images, while 39.5% were equipped with HD set-tops and 77.2% were equipped to receive HD via DTT.In terms of quality, French viewers reported that images more frequently froze on IPTV services, while interruptions to reception were more frequent on DTT.The number of households with smart TVs connected to the net in France dropped slightly in the course of the six months to December 2013, from 50.4% to 48.7%. However, the number of households with TVs connected via games consoles rose from 18.9% to 20.3%. Overall, the number of households with TVs directly or indirectly connectable to the net rose from 59% to 61.1%.last_img read more

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Sky Deutschland is due to exclusively launch a cha

first_imgSky Deutschland is due to exclusively launch a channel in December to show all six Star Wars movies around the clock, in what it claims will be a German TV first.The Sky Star Wars HD channel, which will broadcast from December 1 to 14, will also air featurettes and documentaries about the sci-fi franchise.“We are well aware that 18 December 2015 is much too long for fans to wait until the release of Star Wars: Episode VII. Many thanks to our outstanding partners Disney and Lucasfilm for the opportunity to exclusively offer Sky Star Wars HD,” said Gary Davey, executive vice president programming at Sky Deutschland.“For someone who has been a Star Wars fan since the first film 37 years ago, this project is a dream come true. Anakin, Luke, Leia, Han – in December the entire Star Wars family is coming to one channel, around the clock. This is the sensation of the TV winter in Germany and Austria.”Sky Star Wars HD will air in Germany and Austria and will take the place of the Sky Hits channel.last_img read more

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Christian Kurz Linear TV is still the dominant vie

first_imgChristian KurzLinear TV is still the dominant viewing source among those aged six to 34, with 69% of adults and 76% of kids still starting their viewing journey via TV channels, according to new research by Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN).The TV RE[DEFINED] study claims that linear TV is still currently the only source that satisfies “both passive and active viewing needs” and, despite changing viewing habits, 71% still go to TV first, with the box remaining the main reference to discover and watch TV programs.Unveiling the research unveiled at Cable Congress in Brussels this morning, VIMN’s vice-president of research, insights and reporting, Christian Kurz, said that although the role of linear TV could still be challenged, “no online service is currently competing” with the viewing experience it provides.The research, which took a sample of 10,500 respondents aged 6-34 across 14 countries  – including the UK, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Poland, Brazil, Mexico and Australia – said that channel-surfing is still the primary discovery method used to find content by viewers today, followed by word-of-mouth and then TV ad spots and promos.“Online is very useful as a means of reinforcing interest, but it is linear TV that ‘seals the deal’ and commits them as viewers,” said that study.The research said that while VoD and subscription services are redefining TV, there is no dominant non-linear content source, with 56% of viewers in the previous week claiming to have accessed VoD, 53% channel sites, 51% DVR, and 47% SVoD.The research also said that for the majority of respondents, the defining part of TV Everywhere was the ability to watch ‘when’ they want – not ‘where’ or ‘how’.“This highlights the importance of user-friendly platforms to make it simple to watch their shows when the moment comes,” according to the research.The study said that the ability to access content in multiple ways only leads to higher engagement with TV if that content is compelling, with different devices simply vehicles for delivering content.“We have to not forget that TV promos are incredibly valuable,” said Kurz. “We have to not forget that EPGs and things like that are incredibly valuable and we have to keep innovating around those various pieces.”Kurz said that while TV is now a “two-way conversation,” that does not just mean social media – “our customer service centre phonelines are just as good a channel to listen to what people have to say as any others.”Referring to new ways of watching TV, Kurz said: “The expectation of the audience is that content is everywhere and all the time. So wherever we put rules and boundaries around that, we have to be really careful, because we do risk losing the audience. That goes for TV providers just as much as it goes for content creators.”“As a consumer I don’t understand exclusivity – I’m paying for it [content] so show it to me everywhere. That means that I want it on a TV operator catch-up app, but I also want it on the channel app, because it’s my choice as the consumer to decide where I want to go and how I want to watch it. That’s what as an industry we have to really deliver on.”In conclusion Kurz said: “In TV RE[DEFINED] the biggest step-change is not the devices or the sources – the biggest step-change is the engagement with content. It’s the relationship between the viewer and the maker, or the creator. It’s that two-way conversation and that is really redefining what television is today. It’s not TV on our terms anymore, it is TV on their terms and that really means that we can redefine our relationship to the viewer. But we have to actively do that and we have to actively engage with that.”last_img read more

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Al Jazeera has partnered with Skyline Communicatio

first_imgAl Jazeera has partnered with Skyline Communications in a network management deal that will see it use Skyline’s DataMiner platform. Al Jazeera will use DataMiner as the network management and OSS platform for its new global media cloud network, allowing it to transport media and data across more than 80 offices.“Our ultimate goal is to make sure that any user of Al Jazeera who sits in any of the more than 80 global locations will feel like they are sitting in the headquarters in Doha, so they will have access to all the resources they need, be it media files, accessing the MAM, or any other broadcast or corporate IT service”, said Mohamed Abuagla, executive director of technology and operations at Al Jazeera Media Network.“The idea is to allow all these people to share information and to allow much faster newsgathering and sharing operations for Al Jazeera.”last_img read more

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Swiss telco Swisscom is using the VCAS Ultra conte

first_imgSwiss telco Swisscom is using the VCAS Ultra content security system from Verimatrix to secure UHD content and other services. Swisscom is an existing Verimatrix customer, using the technology company’s VCAS system to secure its Swisscom TV 2.0 service.Swisscom is launching new UHD and high dynamic range (HDR)-capable Android set-top boxes that will enable TV 2.0 subscribers to watch premium UHD content.The box includes features from VCAS Ultra that are underpinned by three pillars of security requirements for UHD/4K content – hardware credentials and anchors, a trusted software security environment and forensic watermarking, according to Verimatrix.The Android-based box features Marvell’s Armada 1500 Ultra (88DE3218) system-on-chip that has been integrated with the Verimatrix Videomark forensic watermarking solution and uses the SoC’s Trusted Execution Environment (TEE).“Our Swisscom TV 2.0 deployments represent a successful, best-of-breed partner ecosystem that delivers the most innovative technology, while still providing ultimate flexibility to continually launch leading-edge services. VCAS Ultra from Verimatrix is the only solution today that is able to meet the unique needs of our network and satisfy stringent security requirements for UHD/4K content,” said Peter Fregelius, head of TV Development and Technology at Swisscom.“We are excited to be at the forefront of innovative, UHD service launches. Swisscom is pushing the envelope with new and differentiated services based on the latest technology in order to establish a competitive edge,” said Steve Oetegenn, president of Verimatrix. “As a prime example of a software-empowered operator, Swisscom understands the importance of building a next-generation revenue security platform that meets today’s needs and provides the flexibility and scalability to meet its future goals for growth.”last_img read more

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