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Lithuanian power grid has dark secret buried in Soviet past

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first_imgThe issue has touched a raw nerve in a country that has been accused of not confronting the role some Lithuanians played in killing Jews during the 1941-44 Nazi occupation. More than 90 percent of Lithuania’s prewar Jewish population of 240,000 was killed.With Jewish life all but eradicated from Vilnius, Jewish cemeteries were seen as “easily accessible and free building material” during the Soviet era, said Jurgita Verbickiene, a historian at Vilnius University.Ethnic and religious groups were repressed along with political dissidents amid Moscow’s efforts to unite the vast empire under the banner of communism.In the Soviet Union there were no Jews because there was just one people — the Soviet people — explained Rachel Kostanian, deputy director of the Jewish State Museum in Vilnius.“It was a friendship between the Lithuanians, Latvians, Ukrainians, Russians, et cetera,” she said. “The Jews were among the et cetera.”___Associated Press journalist David Keyton contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Archaeologists confirmed this week that the electrical substation was built with tombstones pilfered from a Jewish cemetery.Vilinius Mayor Remigijus Simasius told the AP he’s already asked the utility companies that own the substation, which feeds electricity to thousands of homes, to find a way to move them to a “proper resting place.”The discovery raised uncomfortable questions over how many other structures were built with recycled Jewish tombstones and why the issue is gaining attention only now, 25 years after Lithuania declared independence.The substation is not the first example. In the 1990s, authorities removed steps leading up to the Tauro hill, one of the highest points in Vilnius, after finding out they were made with stones taken from a Jewish graveyard.The mayor said two other cases are being investigated: the steps leading up to the Reformed Evangelical Church in Vilnius — which was turned into a movie theater by the communists — and a wall outside a high school in the city.“This Soviet-era legacy is a disgrace for our city,” Simasius said. “Monuments must be respected. We are talking to the Jewish community to find a proper solution.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Giedrius Sakalauskas always thought there was something strange about the graffiti-sprayed, bunker-like structure in a leafy area outside the center of Vilnius.Why build an electrical substation with granite blocks instead of regular bricks?When he examined the building more carefully this month, he made a chilling discovery: Dozens of stones had inscriptions in Hebrew or Yiddish. “I touched the stones and I realized that they’re really gravestones,” Sakalauskas told The Associated Press. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   In this photo taken on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Shmuel Levin, the Chairperson of the Jewish religious Community of Vilnius and Lithuania, looks at the power substation built of tombstones from a Jewish cemetery in Vilnius, Lithuania. Tombstones from a Jewish cemetery were used to build a power substation in the 1960s. City officials now want to tear it down and return the tombstones to Lithuania’s tiny Jewish community, which was nearly wiped out during the Holocaust. They’re also investigating whether there are other examples of Jewish tombstones being used as building material during the Soviet occupation, when the communist authorities paid little attention to religious symbols. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) Check your body, save your life And he had strong hunch about where they came from: Across the street there used to be a Jewish cemetery that was demolished in the 1960s when Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union. Sakalauskas posted pictures of his discovery on social media, setting off an emotional discussion about a dark chapter in Lithuania’s history that didn’t end when a Nazi occupation was replaced by a Soviet one in 1944.Lithuania’s once-vibrant Jewish community was nearly annihilated by the Nazis and the few who survived found little sympathy from their new communist rulers.“Hitler wanted to destroy Jews physically,” said Simonas Gurevicius, whose family escaped the Holocaust by fleeing to Russia and returned to Lithuania after the war. “Stalin came, and he wanted to destroy the whole memory of the Jewish people, making sure that nothing will stay.”The etchings on the substation are hard to spot unless you know what you are looking for. They’re only visible in the gaps where the slabs overlay each other.Showing the site to AP journalists, Gurevicius ran his fingers softly over the letters.“For sure, this is a very sad feeling. It’s difficult to read now,” he said.last_img read more

Hayman shut down after cyclones Yasi Anthony

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Hayman Island announced it has cancelled new and existing bookings to the resort over 6 March to and including 31 July 2011 as it recovers from damage caused by Cyclones Anthony and Yasi. Whilst initial investigations reported aesthetic harm after the cyclone passed on 30 January to 2 February this year, a special assessment found rebuilding work will impact guests. “The two devastating cyclones that swept through Queensland have unfortunately not spared us,” Hayman Head of Hotel Investments managing director Lloyd Donaldson said. “The works will encompass key guest and accommodation areas, activity facilities, essential infrastructure, landscaping and grounds throughout the island,” Mr Donaldson said. Guests booked to holiday on the island are being contact directly and are receiving assistance as they rearrange their holidays. “We greatly appreciate the understanding of our guests, industry partners and the wider community with respect to the challenges caused by these two cyclones,” Mr Donaldson said.“We will be retaining all staff throughout the period of closure and are committed to completing the works speedily.  The resort will reopen on 1 August 2011.”last_img read more

Korean Air introduces flights to Croatia

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first_imgKorean Air A330Korean Air introduces flights to CroatiaKorean Air will expand its network to Europe with the launch of a direct scheduled service between Seoul, South Korea and Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.Starting from September 1, 2018*, Korean Air will commence the direct service three times a week (Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday), flying between Seoul/Incheon to Zagreb. The flight from Seoul/Incheon to Zagreb (flight number KE919) will depart Seoul/Incheon at 11:05 and arrive in Zagreb at 15:45 the same day. On the return from Zagreb to Seoul/Incheon (KE920), it will depart from Zagreb at 17:20 and arrive in Seoul/Incheon at 11:30 the next day. Korean Air’s new Seoul/Incheon-Zagreb route will be operated with an Airbus 330-200, seating 218 passengers.The launch of the new Korean Air route is the first regular service connecting Croatia and Asia directly.Korean Air have operated charter flights from Seoul to Zagreb since 2010, and the number of Korean visitors to Croatia have steadily risen every year; a Korean TV travel program featuring Croatia and first shown in 2013, is considered influential in first inspiring leisure travelers to the Eastern European country.Located in Northwest of Croatia, Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. It has rich history and culture dating back to Roman times. The other prominent tourist destinations are Dubrovnik, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Trogir, a historic town and harbor on the Adriatic coast. In addition, Plitvice Lakes National Park is world-famous for one of the oldest and largest national park in Croatia with 16 lakes and 90 waterfalls.With the addition of the new route, Korean Air will operate international flights to 111 cities in 43 countries.Source = Korean Airlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Atlanta was able to recover an onside kick after its first touchdown with 4:30 to play and the Cardinals leading 27-13, but the Falcons were unable to muster anything offensively. NotedEllington’s 80-yard touchdown run was the third-longest in Cardinals history, and his 124 first-half rushing yards were the most by any NFL player in the first half this season. Kicker Jay Feely has made 13 consecutive field goal attempts since missing a 50-yarder in the season opener in Saint Louis, and he’s 13-of-14 on the season. What’s NextThe Cardinals have a bye next week before hosting the Houston Texans on Nov. 10 – / 18 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The GoodEllington finally got the playing time that fans had been clamoring for, and he may have exceeded their lofty expectations. The rookie out of Clemson gained 154 yards on 15 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run in the first half. He also caught two passes for eight yards.But Ellington wasn’t the only impressive member of the Cardinals’ offense in its most impressive performance of the season. Though his number weren’t eye-popping, Palmer played his best game in a Cardinals uniform despite an early interception. He threw for 172 yards and two scores on 13-of-18 passingThe Cardinals receivers also delivered throughout the day — including Teddy Williams, who caught a pass for 51 yards in his first action with the Cardinals — and Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 800 career catches. The Arizona defense also returned to its dominant ways, forcing four turnovers — all interceptions — and limiting the Falcons to 292 yards and just one touchdown. Safety Rashad Johnson had a pair of interceptions while the Cardinals sacked Matt Ryan four times. The BadPalmer threw his 14th interception of the season on Arizona’s second possession, but again showed the ability to bounce back from an egregious mistake. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals entered Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons hoping to avoid a three-game losing streak and keep pace in the muddled NFC Wild Card picture. Mission accomplished. The Cardinals rushed for a season-high 201 yards thanks to Andre Ellington’s career day in his first start, the defense forced four turnovers and Arizona thoroughly dominated the Falcons in a 27-13 win at University of Phoenix Stadium. last_img read more

AP PhotoRoss D Franklin

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first_img(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The first era of Steve Keim’s tenure as Arizona Cardinals general manager is over.It couldn’t have gone much better. Keim hired head coach Bruce Arians and managed a roster that over the last five seasons went 49-30-1 with two playoff appearances and one run to the NFC Championship Game.The general manager is in the midst of starting from scratch once again after Arians retired, but according to NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal, Keim’s reputation is strong heading into his second reset. Rosenthal listed Keim No. 10 in his NFL general manager power rankings with the 2018 season looming.The ability to reboot a roster with a new head coach separates good general managers from the greats.…He’s authored solid drafts, big-time trades (for Carson Palmer and Chandler Jones) and made the type of effective in-season injury-replacement moves that rarely get noticed. The overall body of work (49-30-1) is impressive, but the roster is currently full of question marks. Keim has earned the benefit of the doubt that he’ll see it through.The rebuild the second time around is following a similar plan to the first.Like acquiring Palmer, a quarterback who others thought was out of tread in 2013, Keim signed veteran quarterback Sam Bradford this offseason, plucking him out of the NFL’s recycle bin after injuries hurt his stock. To get the most out of Bradford, the Cardinals put an emphasis on spending to shore up the offensive line.With not much money left, Keim’s resume will be put under the microscope with his low-profile signings.Take the receiving group as an example — there, Keim signed former Dallas Cowboys receiver Brice Butler and picked up former Houston Texans wideout Cobi Hamilton off waivers. Of his draft picks, the development of players like receiver Chad Williams, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, linebacker Haason Reddick and safety Budda Baker will be key. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 5 Comments   Share   center_img Veteran tackle Frostee Rucker and linebacker Karlos Dansby remain on the free agent market, and the Cardinals parted ways with safety Tyrann Mathieu, who turned down a paycut to join the Texans. Arizona also lost two starting-caliber receivers in free agency: John Brown and Jaron Brown.Keim’s resume looks strong, but in the business of NFL management, past success means little. His next act hinges on Bradford’s success or lack thereof, Arizona’s player development and the upcoming NFL Draft. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Rep LaFave criticizes proposed gas tax increase

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first_img05Mar Rep. LaFave criticizes proposed gas tax increase Categories: LaFave News,News State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her state budget proposal:“I’m sick and tired of the tax-and-spend mentality, and I know my fellow Yoopers are too. It’s no wonder this budget proposal for bloated government was rolled out on Fat Tuesday. As this budget process continues, I will fight to make sure taxpayers get the respect we deserve. We’ve got to get concrete results from the money we already have before we even talk about asking taxpayers to toss more of their paychecks into potholes.”last_img read more

A Boom in Solar Jobs

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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 18, 2015; VoxVox senior editor Brad Plumer writes that the number of jobs in the U.S. solar industry is catching up with jobs in coal. According to a survey from the Solar Foundation, there are 174,000 people currently employed in solar, and the industry expects to add another 36,000 in 2015, above the 31,000 jobs in solar that were added in 2014.Critics might suggest that the Solar Foundation is a biased source of information, given its mission “to increase understanding of solar energy through strategic research that educates the public and transforms markets.” But with an expanding industry that involves labor-intensive design, manufacturing, and installation, the Foundation’s findings about solar industry employment seem reasonable.This isn’t the first jobs census conducted by the Solar Foundation. The overall job growth, year to year, is as follows:2010:93,5022011:100,2372012:119,0162013:142,6982014:173,807This includes people whose work isn’t 100 percent solar, though most of the employees are.The distinction, as Plumer notes, is that solar provides less than one percent of the nation’s electricity, but coal generates 39 percent. However, new coal plants aren’t in the offing, while solar installations are increasing all the time; in fact, over half of the solar jobs are in installation, only 19 percent are in manufacturing.While solar has a long way to go to catch up with coal, the industry is expanding—every week, according to President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union, the nation brings on more solar power than existed in the entire U.S. in 2008. The costs of solar are coming down, which will spur even more solar expansion. And unlike coal, solar doesn’t cause the environmental pollution that is spurring climate change. As Plumer notes:“If power plants had to internalize all [the social costs of coal—soot, mercury, coal ash, carbon dioxide emissions], then sources like wind, solar, or even nuclear power would be far more competitive…. In other words: It would be a major boon for clean energy if solar power keeps getting cheaper and less labor-intensive over time. But getting fossil-fuel users to pay for all the external costs they impose would also make a huge difference.”If this is the direction of our energy economy, the challenge for national policy is to put together a plate of the most effective incentives for solar and other clean energy technologies, and the challenge for nonprofits is to advocate for the policies that make clean energy work. The Solar Foundation survey results seem to suggest that on this issue, the nation is heading in the right direction.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Townies Face Off against Big Tech on Taxation in San Francisco

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first_imgShare13TweetShare1Email14 Shares042 Tree of Tech / gregpooJuly 1, 2016; The GuardianThe Guardian features a story by Julia Carrie Wong called “‘Tech tax’: San Francisco mulls plan for taxing the rich to house the poor,” which describes a new proposal by a San Francisco supervisor, Eric Mar, to levy a 1.5 percent tax on the tech giants based in San Francisco. The proposed new tax comes in the context of an ongoing Big Tech-Townie controversy, and would fly in the face of concessions granted just five years ago when the techies threatened to leave SF for communities with lower taxes and lower rents. At that time, the city responded with tax breaks that not only discouraged firms from leaving, but also attracted new firms to set up in the city by the Bay. Targets of the proposed tax (and the public’s enmity) include Google, Twitter, Uber, Airbnb and Salesforce.Ms. Wong’s article highlights a kaleidoscope of populist responses to Bay Area inequality, from the Google employee who passes out food left over from a charity event to homicidal graffiti on city lampposts. The depths of the divisions as portrayed in Ms. Wong’s article are stark: “It is a city where 57.4 percent of homes are worth more than $1m, but hundreds of people sleep in tents on the street every night.” Meanwhile, elected officials seem staunchly opposed to taxing the techies, and the corporations seem to prefer voluntary charity to tax increases. A different article, “Techies and the Homeless: Frenemies Forever?” from online magazine Backchannel, profiles San Francisco’s newly appointed homelessness czar, Jeff Kositsky , the former director of San Francisco’s Hamilton Family Center, and his plans to address the problem of homelessness. It describes Kositsky’s success at Hamilton Family Center as built around long-term commitments from the tech giants to building systems, rather than one-time “Daddy Warbucks” gifts.While tech donors are in every San Francisco fundraiser’s Rolodex, Kositsky spent the last years actually leveraging tech’s money and its outcomes-based mentality to the advantage of the Hamilton Family Center, which whisks homeless families into housing or a shelter.Here’s the dilemma for each side in the “Townies v. Tech” standoff. The populists are just contrary: They know what they are against and who’s to blame, but have no clear plans to transform the situation. This is characteristic of “populist” uprisings, which are strong on emotion and symbolism and short on solutions. In Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, the father of modern community organizing advises organizers with rule #12: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.”The dilemma for city planners and Big Tech donors is that there is no one-shot, short-term, high visibility intervention that will make a difference for rent-burdened tenants and homeless people on the streets. Building solutions takes time and consensus. The article in Backchannel describes Kositsky’s new job this way: “He’ll be situated at the top of a brand-new mega department, conjoining parts of what were once three disparate city offices, but he’ll still be answering to the mayor while wrangling 110 employees and a $165 million budget. Will he be able to scale the tech investment for the city writ large?” Can he scale up in an environment where he’s an appointee with no political base of his own?Here’s where a community of pioneering advocates could be helpful as a mediating force between Big Tech and the Townies. It’s a role that settlement houses once played. Robert H. Bremner in From the Depths: Discovery of Poverty in the United States writes of the settlement movement, “Jacob Riis called the settlement houses fulcrums for the lever of reform and testified whenever a good cause was proposed, the settlements contributed ‘young enthusiasts to collect the facts’ and urge them on reluctant city officials.” Given Millennials’ interest in personal charity, a 21st-century version of the settlement movement could work again. Maybe Hands On Bay Area could morph into a role like this, if there were a vision that moved beyond “helping hands” to building relationships with the poor and homeless and built civic empowerment alternatives. Instead of handing out leftover food to passersby in front of the Twitter headquarters, young people could be researching the inside of the poverty experience as a basis for transformational reforms like those proposed by Matthew Desmond, who was a self-help “settler” among the poor renters of Milwaukee. Imagine if Google, Twitter, Uber, Airbnb, and Salesforce, influenced by an alliance of populists and young activists, decided to spend lobbying dollars—not charity dollars—on proposals like universal housing vouchers, eviction representation, housing and legal court reforms, or Universal Basic Income. That’s populism with an agenda for change.—Spencer WellsShare13TweetShare1Email14 Shareslast_img read more

On Columbus Day A Tense and Militarized Standoff Continues at Standing Rock

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first_imgShare85TweetShare7Email92 SharesSolidarity rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline / Fibonacci BlueOctober 7, 2016; Indian CountryYesterday, the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia issued a ruling that denied a permanent injunction on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The construction will remain halted until the federal government grants an easement needed for the work to continue. Meanwhile, Indian Country Today Media Network describes a highly militarized and tense scene at the site of the halted construction. The encampment, which is aimed at protecting the land, has attracted environmental activists from many tribes—numbers have grown as high as 4000. At the same time, the degree of militarization of the police force around the site is growing, after North Dakota’s governor, Jack Dalrymple, declared a state of emergency a month ago, calling out the National Guard. At the time, Winona LaDuke, executive director of Honor the Earth, commented to the governor:You are not George Wallace, and this is not Alabama. You do not have the right to block roads, deny people water, attack people with dogs, or deploy military forces on a peaceful prayerful encampment. We are done being treated like second-class citizens.Dalrymple says he is just protecting the public, but what the public is actually being protected from still remains vague and, as this report describes it, “fueled by speculation, rumors and fear of the unknown.”“These are not formal reports,” the deputy wrote of the alleged crimes. “Locals are not willing to give their identify for fear of retaliation.” Instead he provided a document describing examples of intimidation as gathered by “a Morton Country Deputy who is making visits with area residents.” Complaints included reports of stolen hay, cut fences, blocked roads and fear of going out alone on the roads.Despite the lack of substantiated reports, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier has asked for help in policing from the National Sheriff’s Association, a move that, according to the Association’s past president Danny Glick, is unprecedented.“When we get a call from Sheriff Kirchmeier, we will be ready to assist,” said Sheriff Glick of the Laramie County, Wyoming, sheriff’s department, to the Bismarck Tribune.Law enforcement is collecting information from each vehicle that passes the checkpoint and compiling it in a database, according to Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. Furthermore, the protectors are covering their faces to avoid facial recognition technology that could lead to being hit with criminal trespass charges. Helicopters and planes fly constantly overhead.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, meanwhile, has declared that it will not evict the protesters. Instead, the Corps has granted them a special use permit so they can exercise their First Amendment rights.—Ruth McCambridgeShare85TweetShare7Email92 Shareslast_img read more

French service provider Free has been voted best I

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first_imgFrench service provider Free has been voted best ISP in a customer satisfaction survey of the country’s operators, coming out ahead of rivals including Orange, SFR, Numericable and Bouygues Telecom.Free won a 94.5% satisfaction rating, ahead of Orange with 87.4%, SFR with 86.9%, Numericable with 85.7% and Bouygues Telecom with 80.5%. Free won approval for its launch of mobile services in competition with established players as well as for its installation of consumer equipment and services. Cable operator Numericable was highly rated for its TV and internet services but lost points for poor online assistance. However, all customers that churned from their existing service providers, with the partial exception of Orange customers, were extremely dissatisfied with the way the process was handled.The monthly magazine 60 Millions de Consommateurs surveyed the views of 5,000 internet subscribers for the survey.last_img read more

Easel TV is set to launch a version of its overth

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first_imgEasel TV is set to launch a version of its over-the-top video service for UK TV producer All3Media on tablets and smartphones at IBC. The multi-screen video software specialist originally launched the service in 2012 on Samsung TVs in the UK and also in the US under the name ‘Best of British TV’.The next release is being launched on iPads and iPhones at IBC and will also be available on Xbox 360 games consoles in the coming months, said Easel TV.Viewers can access more than 350 hours of TV shows through the service, either on a subscription or pay-per view basis.All3Media shows available include Skins, Shameless, The Only Way Is Essex, Midsomer Murders, and Peep Show, with further series to be added over time.“We have extended the application to these popular consumer devices due to the vast amount of TV content that is now being consumed on them in both the UK and particularly the USA. We have closely monitored the adoption of a wide range of OTT services with specific interest in games consoles and have been impressed by the amount of content now consumed this way,” said All3Media’s SVP of digital and business development, international, Gary Woolf.“Our primary digital business continues to be licensing programmes to international broadcasters and major video on demand partners. What is exciting for us is that his service allows us to offer a wide range of great quality content that doesn’t fit the needs of those services directly to new audiences developing direct consumer relationships and enhancing opportunities for our content to be discovered.”All3media service will be showcased on the Easel TV stand at IBC, on stand 4.C88.last_img read more

Harmonics Electra 9200 Video delivery infrastruct

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first_imgHarmonic’s Electra 9200Video delivery infrastructure firm Harmonic has passed 100,000 channels shipped with its Electra broadcast encoder family.Harmonic launched its Electra video compression platform in 2004 and it has since been deployed by broadcast, satellite, telco, and cable operators around the world to deliver SD, HD, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 AVC services.Announcing the milestone, Harmonic said that at IBC next month it will showcase its Electra 9200 universal multiservice encoder, as well as the latest member in the Electra encoding family — the Electra XVM virtualized media processor.“Over the past 10 years, Harmonic’s Electra encoders have evolved continuously, maintaining leadership in a rapidly changing market place. Key to the Electra’s success is Harmonic’s unwavering passion for video quality innovation coupled with advanced function integration,” said Neil Brydon, director, product line management for compression and stream processing, at Harmonic.last_img read more

During 2014 roughly 750 TV series and TV films wer

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first_imgDuring 2014 roughly 750 TV series and TV films were in different stages of production for Russian TV, up 18% compared to 2013, according to Moscow-based KVG Research.The research firm said more than half of these productions were broadcast on Russian TV last year, while the country’s three leading content producers – Channel One, Russia 1 and NTV – produced 60% of the titles.However, KVG Research said that “niche channels” also started to intensively produce TV series and films, creating 30% more content last year than in 2013.Overall, 62.5% of Russian production was for TV series and 37.5% for TV films, with melodrama the most popular genre for series and detective titles the most popular for films.The figures follow recent changes to Russian media legislation that bans advertising on pay TV channels that don’t broadcast a content mix that is at least 75% locally produced.Under the new law, programming that is 50% funded by Russian entities or individuals will qualify towards the 75% quota.last_img read more

Konrad Skorczynski Liberty Globalowned cable oper

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first_imgKonrad SkorczynskiLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland has promoted Konrad Skórczyński to director of customer services.Skórczyński, who was previously senior manager of the technical support department for the operator, will be responsible for UPC Poland’s customer service strategy, including identifying customers’ needs and creating and implementing solutions as well as working closely with other departments in the company to optimize customer service.Skórczyński will work with Jakub Kłoczewiak, recently named as VP for customer care and the customer experience for Liberty Global throughout central and eastern Europe, whol is also ultimately responsible for UPC Poland’s customer services.last_img read more

Italys Mediaset Premium has secured exclusive rig

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first_imgItaly’s Mediaset Premium has secured exclusive rights to French and Scottish top-tier football for the next three years.The pay TV outfit will air live coverage and highlights of Ligue 1 and Scottish Premier League football for the 2015-18 seasons. Coverage of the French championship will kick off on August 7 with Lille v Paris Saint-Germain. Mediaset Premium will also cover the Coupe de France.Coverage of the Scottish premiership will launch on August 1 with Celtic v Ross County.last_img

Peter Stormare and Keanu Reeves Modern Times Group

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first_imgPeter Stormare and Keanu ReevesModern Times Group (MTG) has commissioned the first original series for its Viaplay online TV offering.The Sweden-based pay and free TV broadcaster has commissioned Swedish Dicks, a comedy series about a Los Angeles-based Swedish private detective and former stuntman, from Viking Brothers Entertainment and Brain Academy, a production unit run by Swedish actor and comedian Peter Settman and part of MTG’s Nice Entertainment Group.The show, which stars Peter Stormare (Fargo), Swedish comedian Johan Glans and Keanu Reeves, will premier exclusively on Viaplay in the autumn.Other cast members include Vivian Bang, Felisha Cooper, Traci Lords and Eric Roberts.Viking Brothers Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based production outfit run by Stormare and Swedish writer-producers Glenn Lund and Nina Lund.“The show is a great mix of light and dark humour – both silly and smart comedy which makes it a blast to shoot,” said Settman, who is showrunner for Swedish Dicks. “I think the structure of our show with a case in each episode and a longer mystery throughout the whole season will make it the perfect show for the binge watchers on Viaplay.”Lund said: “With Keanu Reeves joining this incredible cast and crew, I know this series that started out as a passion project will be a smoking hot addition to the American market.”last_img read more

Russian technology provider GS Group has unveiled

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first_imgRussian technology provider GS Group has unveiled the first Russian-made 4K UHD TV set-top box.The GS A230, to be marketed under the General Satellite brand, is equipped with a ST Microelectronics processor, WiFi router and built-in 1TB hard drive.Russian pay TV operator and GS Group strategic partner Tricolor TV has previously launched the first bundle of three UHD TV channels in the Russian market. GS Group said that about 15,700 4K TV sets were sold in Russia in 2015.The box provides access to interactive services such as Kinozaly.Tricolor TV.The device is available for sale from General Satellite authorised dealers in Russia.The box is equipped with two DVB-S/DVB-S2 tuners. The set-top is powered by a new quad-core single-chip STMicroelectronics microprocessor and a co-processor designed by GS Group. It also comes with an integrated 802.11ac dual-band WiFi router and an HDMI 2.0 interface.“GS Group has made a new generation of television affordable for millions of Russian viewers. The first Russian set-top-box for UHDTV is a brand new device not only for the domestic market: it can easily compete with Western and Asian equivalents when comparing technical performance and cost. As a national technology leader in the field of consumer electronics development and manufacturing, GS Group is the first to bring a home-produced modern device for UHD content viewing to the Russian market,” said Andrey Bezrukov, director for strategic marketing of GS Group comments.last_img read more

Rich Ross Discovery is pushing further into drama

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first_imgRich RossDiscovery is pushing further into drama with The Suck, a ten-part Vietnam war series being produced by Lionsgate.The deal comes after Discovery and Liberty invested in the US independent studio, and as Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer told investors the company is growing its strategic relationship with Discovery.The Suck will go out on Discovery in 2018. The ten-episode series is based on an unpublished memoir by Vietnam veteran and former Greenpeace International executive Stephen McCallister and offers up a different view of the conflict.Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz count Nashville and thirtysomething among their credits, and will showrun the series.Ed Zwick“We are so lucky that Ed and Marshall, who have created so many indelible characters and unforgettable stories, are now taking Discovery viewers on a new journey,” said Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery, Animal Planet, Science Channel and Velocity.“It’s great that we get to partner with the Lionsgate team to bring it all to life.”“This series brings together an incredible property, the brilliant creative team of Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz and the perfect partner in our friends at Discovery,” added Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs.Discovery has been dabbling with drama. It has also talked about generating drama from its international division, although there has been a high turnover of execs in the international programming team putting a question mark over this part of the scripted strategy.Marshall HerskovitzThe Suck will be its second project with Lionsgate after Manhunt: The UNABOMer.Liberty and Discovery bought into Lionsgate in late 2015. Liberty-backed US premium cabler Starz was also recently acquired by Lionsgate.Speaking to analysts in the wake of its latest earnings yesterday, Lionsgate CEO Feltheimer said: “I’m pleased to report that we continue to grow our strategic relationship with David Zaslav and his team at Discovery, as they build their presence in long-form scripted programming.”He added that Lionsgate is working with the international of Liberty. “I would also note that we’re exploring a number of the exciting projects with another major strategic partner, Mike Fries and his team at Liberty Global, including the development of a series about [Liberty and Discovery-backed] Formula E race car drivers to be produced by Pilgrim Media,” Feltheimer said.last_img read more

The total number of connected and Internet of Thin

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first_imgThe total number of connected and Internet of Things (IoT) devices will approach 50 billion during the 2020s, driven by the smart home.This is according to new research by Strategy Analytics, which claims that nearly 20 billion IoT and connected devices will be deployed worldwide by the end of this year, and a further 10 billion will be added over the next four years.“The original connected device, the PC, now represents only 5% of the total market, which illustrates how the internet has permeated so many aspects of our lives,” said David Mercer, Strategy Analytics principal analyst.The report predicts that smart home devices will overtake smartphones by 2021 as a share of deployed connected and IoT devices.It also claims that the Internet of Things will grow by 17% in 2017, but annual growth will decline to 9% by 2021.last_img read more

Orange grew its TV base by 63 yearonyear to en

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first_imgOrange grew its TV base by 6.3% year-on-year to end June with 9.209 million TV customers. The French telecom giant posted strong Q2 results overall, generating a positive reception from the market.In France, the number of TV customers increased from 6.74 million to 6.912 million.In Spain, where Orange, unlike rival Vodafone, is to carry Telefónica’s La Liga and Champions League football offerings, the number of TV customers increased from 541,000 to 639,000. However, Orange España lost 3,000 TV customers in the second quarter. Spanish TV customers account for 15% of the overall broadband base.TV customers in other European markets numbered 1.658 million, up from 1.378 million.Orange overall posted revenues of €20.26 billion for the first half, up 1.7% on a like-for-like basis. Adjusted EBITDA was €5.98 billion, up 3.3% on a like-for-like basis.Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of Orange Group, said that the success of Orange’s convergent offers “was clear yet again” in the quarter.“With more than 10 million convergent customers, Orange confirms its position as the leading convergent operator in Europe. We are proud to have been a pioneer on convergence – now an industry standard – which we see as an excellent lever both for customer loyalty and value creation,” he said.last_img read more