Polish leader hails reconciliation with Germany

first_img Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) – Poland’s foreign minister said Wednesday that a decades-long effort at reconciliation with Germany, once a historic foe, “is pretty much done” and the two neighbors “are now at a stage of consummating” the relationship.The comments, in English, by Radek Sikorski underline the strong friendship that has developed between two countries whose ties were long defined by occupation, warfare and oppression. The words also come half a year after Sikorski got huge attention with a speech in Berlin calling on Germany to use its power more decisively to stem the economic crisis in Europe. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The vital role family plays in society 0 Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice It would have once been unthinkable for a Polish leader to call for a more powerful Germany _ and Sikorski’s doing so sparked the anger of some Poles. Still, his tone shows just how far the relationship between the two European Union members has evolved more than 70 years after Nazi Germany invaded Poland and subjected the country to a brutal occupation that killed 6 million Polish citizens.Sikorski spoke Wednesday during a discussion in Warsaw alongside Henry Kissinger, the 89-year-old former U.S. Secretary of State. The event was billed as a debate, but the two generally agreed when asked about Europe’s foreign policy before an audience that included diplomats and academics.Sikorski was asked about the strong support many Poles are showing for the German national football team as its gears up for a semi-final match against Italy at the European Championship on Thursday.“It must have something to do with the fact that we have Polish players on the German team,” Sikorski answered. “But I would say that the job of reconciliation with Germany is pretty much done. We are now at a stage of consummating the actual Polish-German alliance.”Sikorski noted that Germany and Poland are allies in NATO and the EU that do “daily business” with each other on a whole range of issues. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Noting that Germany is Poland’s largest trade partner, Sikorski described the friendship between Warsaw and Berlin as “a very intimate relationship.”In more proof of the improved relationship, the former Polish President Lech Walesa said he supported Germany when it defeated Greece in a quarterfinal match last week.Walesa told Wednesday’s issue of the daily paper Metro that he switched his allegiance to Germany “for the first time in my life.” Poland, a co-host of Euro 2012, has already been eliminated.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

World Gourmet Festival Celebrates 20 Years

first_imgWorld Gourmet Festival Celebrates 20 YearsWorld Gourmet Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Extraordinary Culinary Journeys in Asia’s City of AngelsBangkok’s oldest international culinary spectacular is returning to one of the capital’s most exclusive addresses for a landmark 20th year with a star-studded line up of some of the world’s leading chefs, and a tribute to the City of Angels’ world-renowned street food culture.From 2nd – 8th September 2019, sixteen acclaimed chefs from nine countries – from France to Japan and from Taiwan to Spain – will present an international culinary feast at the 20th World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.  With no less than thirteen Michelin stars amongst them, the brigade of chefs includes:Wolfgang Becker: Becker’s Restaurant in Trier, Germany (2 Michelin stars)Hervé Deville:  Momo in London, United KingdomAlan Geaam: Alan Geaam in Paris, France (1 Michelin star)Kai Ho: Taïrroir in Taipei, Taiwan (2 Michelin stars)Chiho Kanzaki and Marcelo di Giacomo: Virtus in Paris, France (1 Michelin star)Hideki Ii: Shirosaka in Tokyo, Japan (1 Michelin star)Richie Lin: Mume in Taipei, Taiwan (1 Michelin star)Angel Zapata Martin: Barrafina in London, United Kingdom (1 Michelin star)Hajime Otowa and So Otowa: Ciel et Sol in Tokyo, Japan (1 Michelin star)Rui Silvestre: Vistas in Vila Nova de Cacela, Portugal (1 Michelin star)Andrea Spagoni: BeefBar in Hong Kong (1 Michelin star)Yoji Tokuyoshi: Tokuyoshi in Milan, Italy (1 Michelin star)Each chef will host two dinners in the hotel’s award-winning Biscotti, Madison, Spice Market and Shintaro restaurants.On Friday, 6th September 2019, Taiwanese chefs Kai Ho and Richie Lin will be joined by the chef behind Thailand’s much-loved and respected streets-to-stardom culinary tale, Ian Kittichai, whose restaurants include Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, Tangerine in Singapore and Spot in New York City.  Chef Ian is an experienced hand when it comes to the World Gourmet Festival and his participation in the 20th anniversary celebration brings him full circle – in 2000 he was a member of the hotel’s culinary team who led the visiting international chefs during the inaugural event.  The trio of gastronomic artists will prepare a six-hands collaborative dinner of six courses – two each of their signature creations.In a first for the World Gourmet Festival, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel will showcase the City of Angels’ enviable status as the best city in the world for street food on Thursday, 5th September 2019, when Bangkok’s popular street vendors will prepare their fare in food stalls strewn around the Parichart open-air garden courtyard.  And as has become a tradition and crowd pleaser in recent years, the exclusive fringe events in the hotel’s iconic lobby and Aqua Bar return, including the hugely popular World Gourmet Brunch on Sunday, 8th September 2019.Foodies and budding and professional chefs alike can attend master cooking classes by all the visiting chefs, where they will have the opportunity to see and taste specially prepared dishes from the chefs’ World Gourmet Festival menu repertoire.  Joining the stellar line up of chefs this year is famed Dutch chef Roger van Damme from Het Gebaar in Antwerp, Belgium, who was awarded the best pastry chef in the world honour at the ‘Best Chefs Awards’ in 2017.  On Thursday, 5th September 2019 and Friday, 6th September 2019 he will present master classes of four desserts served with afternoon in the Lobby Lounge.The 20th World Gourmet Festival is a proud supporter of HRH Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha HIV Prevention Fund.  THB 600 per dinner ticket sold and proceeds from the auctions, which take place throughout the Festival, will be donated to the Fund.Reservations for the 20th World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel are essential and can be made by visiting www.worldgourmetfestival.asia, where detailed information and prices of all the events are available.Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Amazing World Gourmet Festival accommodation package offers gourmands a sumptuous opportunity to experience an extraordinary international culinary feast by some of the world’s best chefs in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities.  Starting from THB 18,000 per room per night, this special offer includes accommodation, a sumptuous daily buffet breakfast, and a table for two at a guest chef’s dinner each night of the stay period.  Guests will also receive fifteen percent discount on treatments at the hotel’s award winning Anantara Spa.For more information about this special offer or to make a reservation, please visit www.anantara.com/en/siam-bangkok/offers or contact Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel on email reservations.asia@anantara.com or telephone +66 2 126 8866. Source = Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotellast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) pulls in a pass as Baltimore Ravens defensive back Shareece Wright (35) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) There’s no doubt the Cardinals could use Brown against the Browns.The 2014 third-round pick out of Pittsburg State is second on the team with 37 receptions and 562 receiving yards, but has come on strong with 18 catches for 334 yards and two touchdowns over the last three games. Brown said if he does not play Sunday, the team has “a whole bunch of great receivers that I know can get the job done,” so he’s not going to press himself to play if he’s not able to do so.Given how he has played the last two weeks while not being 100 percent, it’s apparent he does not have to be at full strength to make a significant impact. Yet, there’s no reason to make things worse than they are, which will be a factor until he is fully healed.“I really want to make sure I’m back to 100 percent because you know I can’t play half speed,” he said. “The only thing I know is full speed. I don’t want to do anything, Carson (Palmer) throws a ball or Drew (Stanton) throws a ball too far — I’m going to go get it, and I don’t want to pull anything that is more than what it is right now.”That will factor into the team’s decision Sunday morning. The inactive list will be released about 90 minutes prior to kickoff, so about 9:30 a.m. Arizona time. As for whether or not he expects to play, Brown — like his coach — said it will simply come down to how he is feeling that morning. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Everybody else will be ready to roll.”That Powers could even have a chance at playing seems miraculous, as he suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain in Monday night’s win over the Baltimore Ravens and seemed destined to miss at least one game.Brown, however, is a different story. The second-year pro has been dealing with sore hamstrings for the last couple of weeks — playing through the issues — but made it through just one “limited” practice this week. Needless to say, he’s a little tired of being a game-time decision.“But good thing is it’s getting close to the bye week so you know I can get 100 percent and be ready to go again,” he said.The Cardinals’ off week is Week 9, meaning there will be two weeks between Sunday’s tilt with the Browns and their next game, which is in Seattle against the Seahawks. That fact could impact how Arizona approaches its ailing players, possibly electing to give them this week off in order to ensure they are completely healed for that big divisional matchup.But according to Arians, that’s not at all the case.“Not a damn bit,” he answered when asked how much the bye week will impact their decision making. “There is no bye week until next week. This is this week.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — The final injury report for the Arizona Cardinals’ Week 8 matchup with the Cleveland Browns was released Friday, with 10 Arizona players having their names listed.Of those 10, only tight end Darren Fells (shoulder) and linebacker Alex Okafor (calf) have been officially ruled out for the game.“Jerraud Powers will make the trip, he’ll be questionable, he’s making good progress,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “John Brown and Brittan Golden practiced today, they’re questionable. We’ll see how they are, game-time decisions like last week.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Explore Worldwide has i

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterExplore Worldwide has introduced a collection of new expert-led photography trips. Capture the early morning mist rolling across the lush jungle canopy in Borneo, snap the spectacular migration across Serengeti’s vast plains or get exclusive access to photograph the fabled rock-hewn city of Petra before the crowds arrive.Each of the six new trips is led by an award-winning photographer: Renato Granieri, winner of 2018 Nat Geo Traveller Photographer of the Year, and Robert Harvey, whose work has been recognised by the Excellence Award of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique. The package also includes accommodation and breakfast, plus some lunches and dinners, and an Explore leader.Gelada monkeys| Simien Mountains National Park EthiopiaThe itineraries include:Jordan Photographic Discovery (9 days, departs 2–10 March 2019, prices start from $2,530pp)Led by Robert Harvey, this trip visits the fabled rock-hewn city of Petra with special access to the site before the crowds arrive. Capture the Druze tribes in Azraq as well as seeking out spectacular desert scenes in Wadi Rum and camp under the stars in a Bedouin tent.Photographing Sri Lanka (12 days, departs 23 March–4 April 2019, prices start from $3,670pp)Discover Sri Lanka’s ancient cities, rock carvings and gilded temples with experienced photographer Renato Granieri. Highlights of the trip include the opportunity to photograph the rolling hills of the spectacular Golden Valley tea plantations, wildlife-filled national parks and idyllic tropical coastline. Capture the rich Buddhist history through the lens while meeting friendly faces along the way.Photographing Borneo’s Wildlife Safari (10 days, departs 12–23 July and 22 July–2 August 2019, with prices from $3,380pp)Ideal for keen wildlife photographers, this trip offers the perfect opportunity to encapsulate the endemic wildlife of Borneo with Renato Granieri. Travel through the jungles of Sabah capturing feeding time at the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary and cruise along the Kinabatangan River, hoping to snap bathing pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and striking hornbills. The trip also features a sunrise climb up the observation tower in the Danum Valley, with a chance to photograph the eerie spectacle of the morning mist rolling across the lush jungle canopy below.Serengeti Photographic Safari (12 days, departs 1–14 September 2019, prices start from $8,370pp)With advice, help and support from expert photographer Robert Harvey, this trip is a great way to photograph big game up close and to capture the landscapes of Tanzania. Search for the ‘Big Five’ inside the Ngorongoro Crater (the world’s largest complete caldera), snap birdlife around Lake Manyara and capture the incredible spectacle of the migration across the Serengeti’s vast plains. This trip also includes an opportunity to shoot Tarangire’s primeval Boabab trees and to meet and photograph the legendary Maasai tribe.Best of the Western US (12 days, departs 15–28 November 2019, prices start from $6,100pp)This trip, led by professional photographer Robert Harvey, provides a chance to photograph America’s vast landscapes as well as an opportunity to learn the skill of astrophotography. Walk among the red rock hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, capture the sunrise over the iconic formations in Arches National Park and discover the sweeping views across one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. The trip is planned around the moon phases, giving the best possible chance of seeing the Milky Way.Photographing Ethiopia’s Highlights (14 days, departs 22 Nov–7 December 2019, prices start from $4,960pp)Put your new skills into practice to photograph the dramatic rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, the geleda monkeys in the Simien Mountains and at Tississat Falls, known locally as ‘the water that smokes’. Led by professional photographer Renato Granieri, the trip also visits a traditional coffee ceremony, providing a wonderful opportunity to capture some authentic shots of Ethiopia.For enquiries and bookings, contact Adventure World Travel 1300 439 756 or via res@explorworldwide.com.auThe full 2019/20 brochure collection can be viewed on exploreworldwide.com.auGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Rep Roberts invites neighbors to fish for free

first_img State Rep. Brett Roberts encourages family, friends and neighbors to fish for free on June 13 and 14.Free Fishing Weekend—an event sponsored biannually by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources—waives the need for Michigan anglers to obtain a fishing license for two weekends per year. Fishermen and fisherwomen first dropped their lines for free during the program’s inception over twenty years ago.“While our community may not touch any of Michigan’s Great Lakes, Free Fishing Weekend is still a great opportunity to get acquainted with all of our rivers and inland lakes,” said Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township. “This program is a perfect way to get our youngest Michiganders exposed to the beautiful pure Michigan outdoors.”All other fishing regulations such as length restrictions and possession limits will still apply. For more information on the event, all Michigan residents are encouraged to visit the DNR’s webpage.### 21May Rep. Roberts invites neighbors to fish for free Categories: Roberts Newslast_img read more

Rep Potvin urges signing of private prison legislation

first_img02Jun Rep. Potvin urges signing of private prison legislation The Senate last week passed House legislation that would allow a privately run prison to house out-of-state inmates of any security level.House Bill 4467 would help reopen the Baldwin prison facility in Lake County and is garnering support from lawmakers from many throughout the region, including state Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac.“I urge Gov. Snyder to sign this legislation,” Rep. Potvin said. “This would mean hundreds of jobs for taxpayers across Northern Michigan.”The Baldwin facility is a former youth prison opened in 1998 and run by GEO Group before closing in 2005. The prison reopened to accept out-of-state prisoners, which it did briefly before closing again in 2011.HB 4467 lifts a restriction on the security classification of inmates at the Baldwin facility, which is currently capped at Level IV. The Michigan Department of Corrections, however, said that the private facility can safely and effectively house Level V and Level VI inmates without issue.“This already-existing facility is ready to employ hard-working Michiganders and could really help get this area back on its feet,” Rep. Potvin said.The GEO Group has already reached an agreement with the Vermont Department of Corrections to allow the Baldwin facility to house some of their inmates.The legislation awaits Gov. Snyder’s consideration. Bill on Gov. Snyder’s desk would create hundreds of jobscenter_img Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Garcia to host teletown hall meeting

first_img16Feb Rep. Garcia to host tele-town hall meeting State Representative Daniela García will host a tele-town hall meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20,   during which residents of Ottawa County can ask questions about state government.“I look forward to hosting a tele-town hall and speaking with the people of Ottawa County,” García said.  “Being accessible and talking to people in the community is an important part of my job. They are an excellent tool which allows me to reach out to a large number of people who may not be able to attend my local office hours.”The tele-town hall begins at 6 p.m. Those wishing to participate may call 1-855-756-7520 Ext. 38787# toll-free. Rep. García will field questions for roughly an hour.For more information, contact Rep. García’s office at 866-908-4327 or by email at DanielaGarcia@house.mi.gov. Categories: Garcia News,Newscenter_img ###last_img read more

Rep Griffin Outdoor recreation proposal approved by Michigan House includes funding for

first_img07Mar Rep. Griffin: Outdoor recreation proposal approved by Michigan House includes funding for Van Buren County project State Rep. Beth Griffin today voted for a plan that includes support for the Cornish State Game Area in Van Buren County.The plan approved by Griffin and the Michigan House includes $534,600 to buy 126 additional acres to expand the game area established in 2015.“Expanding this game area would make an excellent Van Buren County attraction even better,” Griffin said. “It’s a great opportunity to improve an important public hunting and outdoor recreation spot.”The established game area now has 385 acres adjacent to the 77-acre federal Kinney Waterfowl Production Area.The property will be managed for waterfowl and grassland birds, with hunting opportunities including deer, turkey, pheasant, waterfowl and other small game.Overall, the legislation approved by the House includes $26 million for more than 60 projects statewide. The money would come from the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which according to the Michigan constitution can only be used to support these types of projects.The projects were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. The recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process carried out through House Bill 4244.The legislation advances to the Senate for further consideration.Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is distributed on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.### Categories: Griffin News,Newslast_img read more

New Young Surgeon General Has Strong Ties to Nonprofit Sector

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares December 16, 2014;Wall Street Journal Blogs, “India Real Time”On Monday, the Senate confirmed (through a 51-43 vote) the next U.S. surgeon general: Vivek Murthy, who also has some significant ties to the nonprofit medical community through his previous activism.At 37, Murthy is the youngest and first Indian American candidate to the fill the role. He currently works as an associate physician at Boston’s prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital. President Barack Obama first named Murthy as his choice in November of last year. His confirmation comes 17 months without someone in the position.“As ‘America’s Doctor,’ Vivek will hit the ground running to make sure every American has the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe,” Obama said in a statement. “He’ll bring his lifetime of experience promoting public health to bear on priorities ranging from stopping new diseases to helping our kids grow up healthy and strong.”Along with his position in Boston, Murthy has deep roots in nonprofit medicine, having created two international community groups promoting medical education and treatment in India: Swasthya, a community health partnership that provides medical treatment in rural India, and VISIONS, a nonprofit promoting HIV/AIDS youth education. Following these endeavors, in 2007, Murthy also established TrialNetworks, a startup helping drug developers collect information from clinical trials.In 2009, he founded Doctors for America (formerly Doctors for Obama), an advocacy group on healthcare issues. The group comprises about 16,000 volunteers and medical students leading a national movement toward an affordable healthcare system. With an established background fusing medicine with humanitarian relief, Murthy’s confirmation will bring another outspoken advocate to the nonprofit world.However, Murthy’s nomination also generated open opposition from Republicans, the National Rifle Association, and some Democrats over his comments characterizing gun violence as a national health concern. Two years ago, on October 16, 2012, from his personal Twitter account, Murthy wrote: Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue. #debatehealth— Vivek Murthy (@vivek_murthy) October 17, 2012 In his opening remarks in front of the Senate nominating committee in February, Murthy listed mental illness, obesity, tobacco-related deaths, and gun violence, as among the issues he would like to address. But he also noted, “I do not intend to use the Surgeon General’s Office as a bully pulpit for gun control.”Despite the generally overhyped controversy surrounding Murthy’s political views, his strong track record of community awareness and activism is promising.“We can no longer remain within our exam rooms and ignore what happens in our communities,” said Murthy in a commencement speech at his alma mater, Harvard University. “As physicians and dentists, we must have a presence in both places. Our sacred responsibility is both to help the patient in front of us and also to safeguard the health of the nation.”—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Will the Scientists Strike Back Entering the Political Arena Carefully

first_imgShare9Tweet18ShareEmail27 Shares“Lightning Strike” Credit: SkyseekerOctober 20, 2017; Times Higher EducationIn the era of Trump, as scientific fact is dismissed as “fake news,” advocates are being called upon to set the record straight, including scientists, who are often hesitant to engage in civic discourse. Two Obama-era staffers—Cristin Dorgelo, former chief of staff at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and John Holdren, former chief science advisor—argue that scientists have a responsibility to engage in advocacy for evidence-based policymaking, especially now.The call to action comes after sweeping funding cuts for research and the disbanding of scientific advisory committees by the Trump administration. While scientists have often avoided the spotlight, today, with science itself under attack, the public needs scientists to voice their concerns. Research indicates that while the public’s faith in institutions is rapidly fading, scientists are still trusted. The 2016 General Social Survey found that people trust scientists more than Congress, the press, major financial institutions, the Supreme Court, and the executive branch.While scientists may be well positioned to be advocates, the question remains: Is it really their duty? John Kotcher, a scientist at George Mason University, contends that scientists should engage in advocacy as part of their “public service.” This idea of scientists being public servants is twofold. First, government agencies (e.g., the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the US Environmental Protection Agency, among others) are leading sources of funding for large research projects. Since those agencies are invariably funded through tax dollars, in a sense, the public funds a large portion of scientific research. As a publicly funded service, the information gleaned from research should be used in a way that improves the lives of Americans. Secondly, as subject matter experts, scientists are often the only ones who can objectively guide policymakers when they stray from what’s in the public’s best interest.Even so, it’s easy to understand researchers’ expressed reluctance to engage in advocacy. NPQ has seen time and again how partisan politics have dismantled sound science to push an agenda forward, damaging researchers’ credibility along the way. The issue of climate change is a prime example. In spite of a plethora of evidence indicating that the earth’s temperature is rising, many in the right-wing media reject these facts, dismissing findings of climate change as not “science but propaganda.” So much data has been cherry-picked and misstated that prestigious peer-reviewed journals take into consideration how the public could misconstrue an article before accepting journal submissions. So, one can see how many researchers might get the idea that engaging in advocacy could jeopardize their careers.And yet, research on whether scientists are discredited by engaging in policymaking suggests the opposite. Because of the public’s own impartiality, it does not matter whether researchers advocate for policy after the study has been completed. In other words, advocacy does not harm the credibility of scientists—those who believe them still will, and those who do not never have.Some scientists go so far as to argue that engaging in civic discourse undermines the field of science altogether by injecting politics into what should be an objective, nonpartisan discipline. If advocacy pits conservatives against liberals, the public could begin to distrust all scientific fact, which harms not only the field, but also everyone who benefits from scientific research.This argument points to a possible misunderstanding of the difference between being partisan and being political, the latter of which scientists are being called upon to do. In reference to the University of California system’s lawsuit against the Trump administration, Dorgelo says, “That university community is having a very loud political voice and we need more of that: a willingness to weigh in and to advocate for fact and evidence-based policies. That is not a partisan action, yet culturally it is something that I have seen the academic community being hesitant to do.”Those who are partisan form their opinions and advocate for policy based on party lines. On the other hand, one can be political and advocate for policy that may or may not align with any party. Evidence-based policymaking is the antithesis of partisanship. It calls on us to “look at the facts,” as opposed to blindly following ideology.Whether scientists feel a personal responsibility to engage in advocacy or not, it is undeniable that science and evidence-based policy is under attack by the current administration. As trusted, objective experts, their voices are needed now more than ever.—Sheela NimishakaviShare9Tweet18ShareEmail27 Shareslast_img read more

HBOs ondemand service HBO Go has launched on Bul

first_imgHBO’s on-demand service HBO Go has launched on Bulgarian cable operator Blizoo.The operator’s subscriber base that has a HBO subscription and a broadband internet service will now have access to more than 800 hours of movies and HBO originals, including the latest seasons of Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and True Blood.In Central and Eastern Europe, HBO Go is operated by Budapest-headquartered HBO Central Europe and available in territories such as Poland, Hungary, Romanian, Slovenia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.blizoo is Bulgaria’s largest cable platform, offering digital TV and internet services in more than 40 cities throughout the territory. A European investment fund, EQT, owns the operator, which launched in October 2009 upon the merger of Eurocom and CableTEL.last_img read more

Religious channel Daystar Television has launched

first_imgReligious channel Daystar Television has launched on the Freeview digital-terrestrial platform in the UK on a 24-hour basis.Daystar is being broadcast on the HD multiplex provided by transmission services provider Arqiva in MPEG-4 and DVB-T2. The channel has been available as a part-time service since 2011.Daystar will also be available on the YouView platform used by BT Vision and TalkTalk TV.“We are excited about this new expansion. Daystar will now be available to Freeview viewers within the broadcast coverage of Arqiva’s new HD multiplex, which includes approximately 72% of the United Kingdom’s population,” said Marcus Lamb, president and CEO of Daystar Television Network.““We are delighted to welcome Daystar TV to the Freeview platform. Arqiva is committed to broadcasting a variety of content to offer viewers the best possible channel and programme choices – Daystar TV is a great addition,” said Charles Constable, managing director of Digital Platforms at Arqiva.last_img read more

Steve Unger UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has launc

first_imgSteve UngerUK broadcast regulator Ofcom has launched a review of the UK’s digital communications market to investigate competition, investment and innovation across the broadband, mobile and landline markets.Ofcom said that it expected the review focus on three areas in particular: ensuring the right incentives for private-sector investment; maintaining strong competition and tackling obstacles that might be holding the sector back; and identifying whether there is scope for deregulation in some areas.“We have seen huge changes in the phone and broadband markets since our last major review a decade ago. Only five years ago, hardly any of us had used a tablet computer, high-definition streaming or 4G mobile broadband,” said Ofcom’s acting chief executive, Steve Unger.“Our new review will mean Ofcom’s rules continue to meet the needs of consumers and businesses by supporting competition and investment for years to come.”The review will be Ofcom’s second major assessment of the UK telecoms sector, having run its first review between December 2003 and September 2005.last_img read more

Europe has moved aggressively into mobile with m

first_imgEurope has moved “aggressively into mobile” with more than 53% of all online video views now taking place on mobile devices, according to Ooyala.The video publishing, analytics and monetisation firm’s Q3 2015 Global Video Index reports rapid growth in mobile video views over recent years, with the worldwide proportion of video now watched on mobile devices now at 45%.“Over the past dozen quarters, mobile video views have gone from just 6.3% of all views in 2012, to 45.1% in Q3 2015, an increase of 616% as the world,” said Ooyala.The research said that this move away from viewing content on traditional screens to “watching content on whatever screen is most convenient” was being led by millennials.In the UK and Ireland mobile and tablets combined accounted for for just over 66% of all online video plays – more than double the amount of mobile plays in Sweden and France where desktops still dominate, according to Ooyala.With the exception of Great Britain, tablet consumption still falls “well behind smartphones”, averaging out at around 5% of consumption in Europe. In the UK it is 10%, the research noted.On a global basis, smartphone views made up 88% of mobile video views during the quarter, compared to just 12% for tablets, while Q3’s overall mobile video share was up 50% in the past year.“Leading into 2016, it’s abundantly clear that video – both delivery and advertising – is scaling massively across all screens,” said Jonathan Wilner, vice president of product and strategy for Ooyala.“For premium content providers the major opportunity today is getting smarter about their video strategy. Video providers need to know to leverage timely events, tap into new advertising technology, understand how their audience is engaging with content and optimise their video business accordingly to maximise returns.”last_img read more

STV will launch STV2 later this month after the S

first_imgSTV will launch STV2 later this month, after the Scottish broadcaster rebranded its existing local channels and added in licenses for new ones.The commercial broadcaster has rebranded its City TV services in Glasgow and Edinburgh and also has three new licenses – for Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee – all of which will operate under the STV2 banner.The new net launches at 5pm on Monday, April 24. The channel will broadcast 24 hours a day on the Freeview DTT platform, Sky, Virgin and via the STV Player streaming service.The channel will have a new nightly news programme, STV News Tonight, which will go out weeknights at 7pm.“STV2 is the first commercial TV channel with a distinct schedule for Scotland,” said Bobby Hain, director of channels at STV.He added: “STV2 has Scotland at its core with an entertaining mix of local, Scottish and international content. Our flagship news programme, STV News Tonight, will air every weeknight as part of a diverse schedule including a daily live magazine show, programming showcasing key cultural events and local sport plus top quality drama and entertainment.”STV has partnered with colleges and universities on the launch and the STV2 the team will work with students on placements, internships and training.The launch date for STV2 comes soon after UK pubcaster the BBC said it plans to sink £19 million (US$23.6 million) into a new Scottish channel. The BBC Scotland plans still need final approvals.last_img read more

ProSiebenSat1 could look to launch versions of it

first_imgProSiebenSat.1 could look to launch versions of its streaming joint venture with Discovery in markets outside Germany, either by licensing the brand and platform or by forming partnerships with national players, according to CEO Max Conze.Max ConzeSpeaking to WirtschaftsWoche, Conze said that the broadcaster would look at taking the Joyn model elsewhere in Europe once the key features of the platform and the future premium offering were in place.He said that the broadcaster was mulling a number of ideas for taking the concept to markets internationally, including licensing it or forming partnerships to launch national versions of Joyn in other countries.Conze said that ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL could also look to export their advertising joint venture, D-Force.ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery launched Joyn in June, replacing the existing 7TV JV brand, with plans to integrate Discovery’s Eurosport Player and ProSiebenSat.1’s on-demand service Maxdome in what is a completely new platform.Also in June, ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL announced plans to create D-Force, a new 50:50 JV o deliver a platform for programmable buying of addressable TV and online video ads.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet THERE is sadness this morning at the news that a young woman has died after being struck by a van in ToomebridgeInspector Peter Duncan said: “The 19 year old female and a 21 year old male were struck by a van on the Moneynick Road at around 3:40 am. “The female died as a result of her injuries while the male is currently in a very serious condition in hospital. “We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have any information that could assist the police investigation to contact police by calling 101 quoting reference 176 of 20/01/18.”The Moneynick Road remains closed in both directions near the Toome service station.Belfast-bound traffic from Derry is being diverted down the Roguery Road.North-bound traffic to Derry is being diverted down the Lismacloskey Road onto the Staffordstown Road. LISMACLOSKEY ROADMONEYNICK ROADSTAFFORDSTOWN ROADtoomeTOOMEBRIDGETRAGEDY AS TEENAGE GIRL DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY VAN TRAGEDY AS TEENAGE GIRL DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY VAN was last modified: January 20th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_img Mail Tumblr Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Fayette County Woman Arrested For Punching A Man Seven Times With A Closed Fist Next PostMan in a wheelchair charged with killing 3 relatives GAULEY BRIDGE, WV (WOAY) – A Fayette County woman is in jail for punching a man and beating him up after a verbal argument.According to a criminal complaint, a Fayette County Deputy was dispatched to a home for a domestic situation. When the deputy made contact with the suspect, Holly Lykins, he could smell a strong odor of alcohol other.  The deputy observed the man on the bed with several scratches to his face, nose, and arm.  There was also hair on the bed where Lykins had pulled it from the victims head.When the deputy asked the victim what had happened, he told the deputy that Lykins wanted to do sexual favors for meth with another man.  From there, it became physical.  Lykins punched him approximately seven times with a closed fist.Lykins complained her wrist was broken once arrested, when EMS checked her out they told the deputy it was not broke.Lykins is charged with domestic battery and is  being held in the Southern Regional Jail under a 2,500 dollar bond. Google+ Linkedin CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedLocal NewsNewsWatch Fayette County Woman Arrested For Punching A Man Seven Times With A Closed Fist By Tyler BarkerSep 17, 2018, 10:11 am 1544 0 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Previous PostState Fair to Host Giant Flea Market and Antique Show This Weekendlast_img read more

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first_img Linkedin Home NewsWatch Local News Two Fayette County people are in jail on drug charges Facebook Mail Next PostGreenbrier West, Independence Bring Home Hardware Google+ Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Two Fayette County people are in jail on drug charges By Tyler BarkerFeb 24, 2019, 15:09 pm 1109 1 Tumblr Twitter OAK HILL (WOAY)- Two Fayette County people are in jail on drug charges.  Sheriff Mike Fridley released the following information regarding this incident.“On Saturday evening,  Fayette Deputies were conducting traffic enforcement in the Oak Hill area.  Deputies conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle just off of Route 61 on Woodbridge Road. A search of the vehicle and occupants revealed methamphetamines, heroin and a quantity of baggies commonly used in the sales of narcotics.Brittini Shae Johnston, 25 of Beards Fork, and James McAllen White, 33 of Page, were both arrested for the felony offenses of Possession with Intent to Deliver Narcotics and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. They were transported to the Southern Regional Jail to await arraignment.If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-3590, or through our Facebook page “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department,” or you can contact Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP. This incident remains under investigation by Deputy C.M. Tomlin of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.Fayette County Sheriff’s Department disclaimer: All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal complaint is nothing more than a document that merely alleges a criminal charge.” Previous PostPhoto Exhibit Featuring Miners Makes Local Debut Pinterest 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

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first_imgHome NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Inmate Sentenced To Life In Prison For First-Degree Murder CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedNewsWatch Inmate Sentenced To Life In Prison For First-Degree Murder By Tyler BarkerMar 06, 2019, 16:09 pm 632 0 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.com Previous PostGeology Professor Explains Earthquakes in Southern West Virginia Mail Linkedin Tumblr Facebook Next PostU.S. marshals: Man sought in attempted murder of officer shot, killed in Morgantown Pinterest FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney, Larry E. Harrah, II announces that John A. Nicholson, an inmate at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex, was sentenced to life in prison without mercy for first-degree murder following a two-day jury trial before Judge Paul M. Blake, Jr.On April 5, 2017, Nicholson beat Earl Parsons to death with a lid from hard-composite locker box in the cell they shared. Witnesses also reported Nicholson kicked Parsons in the head while he was on the floor. Nicholson’s sentence, in this case, will run consecutively to other prison sentences imposed for multiple sexual offenses against a child.This crime was investigated by the West Virginia State Police and investigators at Mount Olive Correctional Complex, and it was prosecuted by Larry E. Harrah, II. Twitter Google+last_img read more